Wisconsin Main Street

Improving building codes for Main Street


Many common building renovations in our Main Street communities have become too complicated and expensive for property owners to tackle—in no small part because of the past 100 years of layered building codes. These complications have resulted in countless buildings sitting vacant, underutilized, or deteriorating.

This issue has been under the rug for too long. Earlier this year, a special task force was created specifically to examine building codes and their application to existing buildings in America’s downtowns and historic commercial districts. A summary of initial findings, challenges and next steps are below.




First Impressions Regional Workshop Series
Sept. 21, Cumberland 
Sept. 22, Weyauwega 
Sept. 23, Delavan

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



New Connect Communities Applications Due
Oct. 15
Learn More


Roundtable Discussion Groups
Oct. 19, Belgium
Oct. 20, Elroy
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.



Small Community Forums
Oct. 26, Hayward
Oct. 27, Fountain City
Nov. 2, Spring Green
Nov. 4, Weyauwega
7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.



Urban Spaceship (formerly Vacant Storefronts) Conference
Nov. 9, Milwaukee


Main Street Orientation
Jan. 11, Madison
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Registration coming soon


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