Established in 1989, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc. (DLSMS) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. DLSMS follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization and is an accredited Main Street program through the National Trust Main Street Center. Downtown Lee’s Summit is a recipient of the Great American Main Street Award®, naming it one of the Top 5 downtowns in the nation.
The mission of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is to promote and strengthen its economically strong and diverse Downtown Core through a master plan of:
• community education and awareness;
• cooperative utilization of business resources;
• continuity in design and historical preservation; and
• continued growth of the economic base.
Downtown is and will continue to be the historic, present and future heart of Lee’s Summit. It is a commercially vibrant, cultural, spiritual, and educational family destination. Downtown Lee’s Summit is a regional destination with a mixture of uses, including specialty shops and restaurants, and public buildings that make an important civic statement. It is a place of ‘experience’- people living, walking, music playing, and events happening – a public environment.
THE MAIN STREET FOUR-POINT APPROACH
DLSMS follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach, which focuses revitalization efforts in four areas: Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization, and Promotions. It is a comprehensive and balanced approach with an underlying goal of promoting and strengthening the downtown core and preserving its historic character. Support from local government, partner organizations, downtown property and business owners, and residents has helped this community-based initiative work in Downtown Lee’s Summit for more than 20 years. For more information about the Main Street Four-Point Approach, please click here.
MISSOURI MAIN STREET CONNECTION
DLSMS is active with its coordinating state program, Missouri Main Street Connection. Quarterly speakers and seminars provide Main Street Staff, Board Members, and volunteers from all Missouri Main Street programs an opportunity to learn more information about the Main Street approach and other current issues in downtown revitalization. For more information about Missouri Main Street connection or other Missouri Main Street programs, please visit their website.