Property Owners Information
Historic Downtown Pocatello works for you, our property owners, to strengthen and continue to redevelop Downtown 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.
Historic Downtown Pocatello
420 N Main St
Pocatello, ID 83204
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First Friday Art Walk
On Friday, March 5, you are invited to come Downtown and enjoy First Friday Art Walk. The festivities will begin at 5pm and will include local and regional art, live music, food, fashion and more. Plan now to come stroll through Downtown and enjoy the charm of our monthly Art Walk! Admission is free and so is the parking!
Easter Bunny Visits Downtown
The Easter Bunny will visit Historic Downtown Pocatello on Saturday, March 27. Watch for additional details as we get closer to March. We are planning photos and eggs in a safe and healthy format for the children in our community.
Idaho Bridal Fair
From 9am to 3pm we will showcase everything an engaged couple will need to plan the perfect wedding, honeymoon and future. From florists to jewelers, and from caterers to entertainment, local businesses will display their products and services designed to help orchestrate the day you will treasure forever. Guest and Vendor Registration is now open at www.idahobridalfair.com.
Relight the Night Historic Neon Sign Project
Relight the Night is in the process of raising funds for our next neon sign restoration. To help make this next sign relighting possible click on the Donate Now button below. Thank you!
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