Development & Revitalization
The City of Douglas Main Street Program strives to encourage the economic improvement and physical renovation of downtown. The Main Street Program recruits new business owners and businesses to the heart Douglas and encourages existing property owners to improve and renovate their structures. View the program's approach to revitalization.
The Main Street Manager also brings excitement and attention to downtown through programming and events such as Holiday Open House, Beach Bash, Hometown Harvest, and many more.
Downtown Douglas offers a wealth of unique shopping experiences, a historic theater with live productions from time to time, a multitude of restaurants that offer the best desserts around, and several special events throughout the year.
Douglas Main Street invites you to become a part of this commitment to downtown. Join us in our efforts to keep the historic heart and soul of downtown Douglas thriving.
Adopt a Spot Downtown Program
Since 2010, the "Adopt-A-Spot Downtown" program has been in effect in the downtown area. The City of Douglas is re-opening the campaign with hopes that downtown merchants, property owners, clubs and organizations will adopt a specific corner or sidewalk and assist with litter control.
There are approximately 27 streetscapes, six public parking lots, and the sidewalks along Peterson and Madison Avenues that are available for adoption. The purpose of the program is to assist with keeping downtown clean and attractive for all who visit. Any individual or organization that chooses to participate with the program will not be required to do any landscaping, empty trash receptacles, and no financial obligation of any type. Primary responsibilities would simply be to keep the adopted spot free and clear of litter and/or debris.
Individuals or groups interested in learning more about the "Adopt-A-Spot Downtown" program or adopting a specific location in downtown, please contact the Main Street office at 912-384-1873.
Pilot Program for Food Trucks
The City of Douglas is currently reviewing its policy regarding Food Trucks. While the policy is under review, the City is implementing a temporary pilot program for mobile food service in the Main Street district or downtown district. Businesses interested in the mobile food service program, are encouraged to participate in the pilot program.
Criteria for the food truck operation are as follows: documentation of the necessary approvals from Georgia Department of Health Inspections and Permits or any agency documentation necessary to provide food service, possess a current City of Douglas business license, collect and remit Hospitality taxes as all other food service businesses, possess proof that mobile kitchen has been inspected and approved by the City's Building Codes division including modifications that may occur, permission from the owner of the property where the unit is parked - permission should be written and include a legible name, signature, and phone number, the unit must be parked in a location that does not create traffic or safety problems and does not interfere with other businesses or violate any statutes, and the vehicle cannot be left unattended nor left overnight at sales site. Food truck vendors are responsible for providing restrooms for their employees. All garbage should be removed from vending site. No gray water may be dumped on the site or location where the food truck is located. Any food truck vendor must be an established business and/or considering opening a long term bricks and mortar business within the Main Street or downtown district. A food truck can operate downtown twice a week. All food trucks must be clearly identified and fully self-contained. No alcohol is allowed to be sold nor distributed from the food truck.
Three areas in downtown Douglas have been identified as areas for Food Truck service. Interested parties should contact Dave Hughes via email or (912) 384-1873.
City of Douglas Banner Policy
The City of Douglas wants to continue its support and cooperation, and expand the services provided, by offering the possible display of banners in the downtown area promoting community events and awareness initiatives, and secondarily to identify the respective sponsors. Within the downtown commercial historic district the city has approximately 60 decorative lamp posts where banners can be displayed for seasonal/holiday purposes and awareness initiatives for non-profit organizations.
Any business, club and organization, industry, education, and healthcare affiliates desiring to display a banner in the downtown commercial district must go through an application process, submit a sample and specifications of the banner and receive approval from the Mayor and Commission prior to banner installation. Applications can be submitted up to one year in advance and 6 months minimum prior to the event or awareness date. There will be a $100 deposit required to hold space once the applicant is approved and a fee of $10 per pole for new banner and $5 per pole for existing design/banner, which covers installation and removal of new and existing banners. Applicants are responsible for all costs related to the design, production, and delivery. Applicants are also responsible for maintenance and storage of banners prior to and after installation.
For More Information
For more information, please contact Main Street Coordinator, Dave Hughes via email or (912) 384-1873.