Upper floor housing on Main Street

Upper-floor housing on Main Street


Upper-floor housing downtown can conjure up many images. Some might envision seedy, run-down apartments that no one would want to live in. Others might picture large, light-filled loft apartments with tons of character. Some might see modest but well-kept affordable housing for working-class residents, others upscale condominiums they can retire in and have zero yardwork to do, and many an opportunity to live just steps from restaurants, shops, groceries, pharmacies, farmers markets, parks, events and more. There is some truth to all of these when it comes to upper-floor housing in downtowns and historic commercial districts.

Encouraging upper-floor housing

Many municipalities and Main Street organizations have developed innovative financial incentives to encourage upper-floor development.

Getting upper-floor housing built

While there are code, life safety and accessibility issues that arise when renovating any building, these issues are not any more restrictive for existing buildings than they are for constructing a new building.

Marketing downtown upper-floor housing

Once a good selection of upper-floor housing exists in a district, it should be promoted and marketed as an asset of the community.




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