Property Owners Information
Old Town Pocatello, Inc. works for you, our property owners, to strengthen and continue to redevelop Old Town Pocatello.
What have we done?
- $1.8 Million of Community Development Block Grant Funding
- Over $14 Million in Private Investment through rehabilitation & construction
- Over $17 Million in Public Investment
- Increased Property Values - 2012 Operation Facelift Gate City Boxing Building
- Increased Occupancy
- Greenspace Development - Dudunake Park, old JC Penney Parking Lot, Pocatello High School Parking Lot, Old Town Pavilion, Leadership Pocatello Park, landscape improvements at Simplot Square, Old Town Bark Park
- Parking Lot Enhancements - LED lighting, landscape improvement/replacement along N. Union Pacific Ave.
- Beautification - holiday decorations, blue garbage cans, blue benches, hanging flower baskets, trees, tree lights
- Public Art - Passages of Time Sculpture, 29 Literary Pavers, Trappers Park Public Art, High Winds Outdoor Gallery
Current Projects -
- Center Street Underpass Design Concept Project incorporating new parking lot along the 100 Block of South Union Pacific Avenue.
- Work with the City of Pocatello to utilize Community Development Block Grant money for sidewalk, curb and gutter replacement on the 300-500 blocks of North Main Street.
- Work to encourage facade projects at five additional sites - Operation Facelift 2013
- Proceed with 300 Block Model Project which incorporates facade projects on both front and backsides of buildings and development of public green space.
- Landscape improvements at Eastside parking lot including kiosk sign with map and brochures. Additional trash cans & benches.
- Commissioned piece of public art at the Old Town Pavilion.
Why a strong and developing downtown area is important -
"Why should we invest in downtown?" Great question! The Old Town area is an important and worthwhile investment in the economic health and quality of life in your community.
- Downtown is a symbol of community economic health, local quality of life, pride, and community history. These are all factors in industrial, commercial and professional recruitment.
- A vital Downtown retains and creates jobs, which also means a stronger tax base. Long-term revitalization establishes capable businesses that use public services and provide tax revenues for the community.
- Downtown is also a good incubator for new small businesses – the building blocks of a healthy economy. Strip centers and malls are often too expensive for new entrepreneurs.
- A vital Downtown area reduces sprawl by concentrating retail in one area and uses community resources wisely, such as infrastructure, tax dollars and land.
- A healthy Downtown core protects property values in surrounding residential neighborhoods.
- The traditional commercial district is an ideal location for independent businesses, which in turn:
Keep profits in town. Chain businesses send profits out of town.
Supports local families with family-owned businesses.
Supports local community projects, such as ball teams and schools.
- Provide an extremely stable economic foundation, as opposed to a few large businesses and chains with no ties to stay in the community.
- A revitalized Downtown increases the community’s options for goods and services: whether for basic staples, like clothing, food and professional services or less traditional function such as housing and entertainment.
- Many Downtown districts become tourist attractions by virtue of the character of buildings, location, selection of unique businesses, and events held there.
Source: National Main Street Program sponsored by
The National Trust For Historic Preservation.
Shop, Dine & Play in Old Town Pocatello
Old Town Pocatello, Inc.
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
Christmas Open House
Idaho’s Antique Row invites you to an Open House, where you can experience the sights and sounds of Christmas past and enjoy light refreshments as you explore each unique, locally-owned shop. Be sure to pick up a gift tag (one per family), have it stamped at each store, and leave it at your last stop in order to be eligible to win one of 5 gifts, donated by: Her Alibi Antiques, 211 S. 4th; Kanda’s, 410 S. Main; Old Town Mercantile, 134 N. Main; Vain & Vintage, 149 N. Main; and Elwen Cottage, 334 N. Main. You need not be present for the drawing, but 5 lucky winners will get to pick a wrapped gift from under the tree at Kanda’s, beginning at 7:30 pm Friday night. Get your free selfies with Santa from 3 to 7 pm at Kanda’s as well! Be sure to bring your camera!
Downtown Dollar Drop
The Old Town Pocatello elves will be out and about in our community on Saturday. Beginning at 10am they will be distributing hundreds of "Downtown Dollars" to be spent at the participating shops and restaurants in Old Town. It pays to shop small and we are helping you spend even more in our beautiful downtown!
First Friday Art Walk
The January First Friday Art Walk will be held in locations throughout Old Town on Friday January 4. The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, wine tasting and more. Plan now to come stroll through Old Town and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk!
Connect with us on Facebook and keep up with all the events, exciting shopping opportunities and all the great food at our collection of ethnic restaurants.