Momentum Midland is an initiative of the Michigan Baseball Foundation focused on increased vibrancy, and economic development in and around downtown Midland, Michigan. It is a collaboration of community members who want to see the core of our community grow and thrive.
In 2015, the Michigan Baseball Foundation championed a community visioning effort alongside businesses, civic organizations, philanthropic foundations, and individuals with the goal of increasing vibrancy and economic development in and around downtown Midland.
The resulting movement, Momentum Midland, is dedicated to this shared goal by improving and activating our public spaces, and attracting private investment to the core of our community.
Read more about our past efforts in the Newsroom.
The resulting Implementation & Investment Plan drew upon existing City of Midland planning efforts, detailed market study, community input, and best practices. Initial efforts have focused on:
- Increasing vibrancy in Downtown Midland through a greater variety of uses, features, and activities.
- Reconnecting downtown by emphasizing safer, more walkable, and bikeable streets alongside reinforcing cross town linkages and wayfinding.
- Strengthening downtown as a community hub connecting history, culture, recreational activities, and the riverfront. By expanding, and enhancing trails, and adjacent parks, the riverfront will be a more significant feature of downtown.
- Enabling downtown to become a more livable neighborhood by promoting various housing options.
Momentum Midland encourages investment in downtown Midland through a Downtown Property Offering collectively marketed on behalf of property owners in the downtown area. These properties are offered for development with partners who will work toward the shared goal of enhancing vibrancy and economic development. Projects to date include the East End mixed-use development, Pathfinder Commons residential development to a new downtown hotel development set to break ground in Spring 2018.
Public Space Improvements
Momentum Midland also works collaboratively with private, public and philanthropic partners to improve, restore, update and activate downtown Midland’s public spaces. The 4D Riverfront restoration will be a major focus for 2018.
Momentum Midland works with community members and local entities in launching downtown Midland events and programs. From the Larkin Beer Garden to Movies on Main and BikeMidland, Momentum Midland has worked hand-in-hand with community visionaries to make these projects a reality in downtown Midland.
Funding support for the Momentum Midland initiative has been generously provided by the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, Chemical Bank, Dow Corning Corporation, The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Michigan Baseball Foundation (MBF), Midland Area Community Foundation/ Entranceways Initiative Task Force, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, and The Dow Chemical Company.