Your online vote could help restore downtown Richmond marquee

Nonprofit rallies Richmond for marquee makeover boost
The Richmond Main Street Initiative wants to restore this marque at the Market Square Mall at 322 Macdonald Ave. (all photos courtesy of RMSI)

Community members have a chance to help restore the marquee and sign at the historic Market Square Mall in downtown Richmond — simply by voting online.

Through Oct. 31, the public is asked to visit in order to help downtown Richmond secure funding to restore the historic 1924 marquee and sign located at 322 Harbour Way, between Macdonald and Nevin Avenues.

The Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI), a community-based nonprofit working to revitalize the city’s historic downtown, is the only Bay Area entity nominated to compete for a share of a $2 million national grant.

The grant comes courtesy of Partners in Preservation, a partnership created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places, and their role in local communities.

Once restored, according to RMSI, the marquee will “light up downtown Richmond along one of its most visible intersections and widely-traveled thoroughfares.”

For those interested in learning more about RMSI’s preservation efforts downtown, you can stop by “Open House Weekend” set for Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Market Square Mall from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. RMSI is one of 25 historic Main Street districts nationwide holding and Open House Weekend event.

“According to 2016 data from Main Street America, investments in Main Street districts have a significant impact on local economies – encouraging real estate development as well as the creation of new businesses and jobs,” according to RMSI. “In 2016, $4.65 billion reinvested in Main Street improvement programs resulted in 8,042 building rehabilitations, 5,616 business openings, and 27,462 new jobs.”