Historic Main Street Columbia Association, Inc.
Merchants and property owners along Columbia’s Main Street are taking a big step forward with support from the City of Columbia and the State of Illinois.
Recently, a group of business and property owners organized and incorporated the Historic Main Street Columbia Association as a private, not-for-profit corporation. This new group will combine three other existing efforts to revitalize the city’s principal commercial district, and it has met criteria to be designated an Illinois Main Street program—this year’s addition to a statewide network of 46 communities.
The new Main Street group has also reached agreement with the City of Columbia to spearhead completion of the recently-adopted Main Street District Plan, the blueprint for supporting the current growth of business activity and for increasing private investment. The City’s support makes the Historic Main Street Columbia Association a true public-private partnership.
A fourteen-member board of directors, led by Bob Freyman of Chateau La Vin Wine Shop & Tasting Bar, is leading a community-driven effort to encourage economic development within the context of historic preservation in ways appropriate to today's marketplace. The Association will follow the Main Street approach advocating a return to community self-reliance, local empowerment, and the rebuilding of traditional commercial districts based on their unique assets: distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership, and a sense of community.
For more information about the ongoing revitalization of Columbia's Main Street, please contact Andrea Yochum, Executive Director for the Historic Main Street Columbia Association.