What boundaries does Beaumont Main Street primarily work within?
Beaumont Main Street’s primary area of concern is the Beaumont Commercial District, a National Register District and the immediate surrounding area. This covers the area north to Interstate 10, south to Blanchette Street, east to the Neches River/Main Street and west to Jefferson Street. Over 50 blocks are included in the Main Street target area. We may advocate for an historic structure outside our target area, but only if the structure contributes significantly to the history of Beaumont.
Is Beaumont Main Street some kind of government program?
No, we are a non-profit organization. However, we are associated with the Texas Historical Commission’s Main Street Center in Austin and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center in Washington D.C. The City of Beaumont is our major public sector partner.
Are there grants available for building restoration, acquisition, new construction or business inventory?
Beaumont Main Street does not have grant money to distribute to private property owners. However, we have several incentives for restoration, renovation and improvements to buildings located in the downtown area including a low-interest loan pool, tax abatements through the City of Beaumont and historic tax credits.
How does Main Street revitalize downtown Beaumont?
Through organization, promotion, economic development and design activities which are described throughout this website. Beaumont Main Street staff and volunteers receive tremendous training and networking opportunities with other Main Street communities across the United States.
How is Beaumont Main Street funded?
Our budget is approximately $150,000 annually. Approximately 1/2 comes from the City of Beaumont and 1/2 is matched by Beaumont Main Street. The organization raises these funds through membership investment and sponsorship of promotional events and publications. If you would like to become a member and partner with us in revitalizing downtown, please click here!
How are you staffed?
Beaumont Main Street has a full-time staff of two; an Executive Director and a Director of Development.
Do you use volunteers?
Volunteers are the backbone of Beaumont Main Street. Each year over 100 volunteers serve on Main Street committees or in other volunteer capacities. Please contact us if you have an interest in downtown and would like to serve alongside us.
What kind of public/private sector investment and job growth has occurred since Main Street began in 1992?
Over $200 million has been invested in property acquisition, renovation, restoration and new construction by both the private and public sectors in downtown Beaumont since main street began in 1992. Over 50 buildings have been restored or renovated by the private sector for a total of $55 million while the area has experienced over $4 million in private sector new construction including the townhomes of Cathedral Square. The City of Beaumont recently completed a $60 million public improvement project including paved sidewalks, burial of utility lines, vintage lighting and landscaping in downtown Beaumont as well as the major entryway into the central business district, Calder Avenue. The City has also completed a new downtown event center and Great Lawn. For every $1 the City of Beaumont has invested in Beaumont Main Street, the private-sector has invested $52 in acquisition of buildings or property, renovation and restoration of buildings as well as new construction.
Beaumont Main Street's specific accomplishments can be viewed here.
Beaumont Main Street is associated with the following organizations:
Texas Historical Commission, Main Street Program
National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street Center
Texas Downtown Association
Houston Theatre Organ Society (For the preservation of the Jefferson Theatre Robert-Morton Organ)
Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau