Showcased within a Victorian setting and miles away from high-pressure malls, downtown Dowagiac is enjoying a great new spirit of confidence and revitalization. 

The modern-day renaissance, which began in the 1990s, continues to transform our central business district into the showplace of the region, as it draws the welcomed attention of local residents, regional shoppers, and new and expanding retailers.  As a result, we are on the path to achieving a zero-vacancy rate.

Through public-private partnerships, Dowagiac has invested more than $10-million in the revitalization of its downtown.  From distinctive turn-of-the century architecture to stunning public sculpture and the personal, friendly service of our family-run businesses, we think you'll agaree, our community offers retailers a prime location for their new or growing business.  To tour any of these sites, available for lease or purchase, call our office today at (269) 782-8212.  We look foward to hearing from you soon. 

rsz downtown storefronts 034Name of Property: Fricke Building, Present Site of Contract Land Staff  

Address: 202 S. Front Street

Owner:  Alan Fricke

To Schedule a Showing Call: Vickie Phillipson, DDA Program Director, 782-8212

Asking Price:  $235,000

Rental Amount:  $595 for Front Street storefront 

Description of Property:  Commonly known as the former Oppenheim building, this prime commercial & residential investment property is located at the corner of  Front & Commercial streets. The building includes two storefronts.  The primary Front Street suite of approximately 1,200 square feet is presently leased to Contract Land Staff.  The rear, Commercial Street storefront of approximately 900 square feet is leased to an attorney.  A shared hallway and bathroom serves both storefronts. 

The ornate facade features a cherry front door and chandelier, and large showcase windows.  New heating & air conditioning systems were installed approximately 20 years ago.  Two apartments are located on each of the upper levels of this three-story building.                                                                                



Name of Property:  Fricke Building, Present Site of Re-fine Women's Consignment

Address: 210 S. Front Street

Owner: Alan Fricke

To Schedule a Showing Call:  Vickie Phillipson, DDA Program Director, 782-8212 

Asking Price: $125,000

Approximate Square Footage: 2,000

Description of Property: This two-story restored brick building is located across the street from Fifth Third Bank. The main level, renovated in 2012, is leased to Re-fine Women's Consignment.  The second level contains two executive-style apartments.    




Name of Property:  Fricke Building, Present Site of Miss Michele &

Address: 212 S. Front Street

Owner: Alan Fricke

To Schedule a Showing Call:  Vickie Phillipson, DDA Program Director, 782-8212 

Asking Price: $109,900

Approximate Square Footage: 3,500

Description of Property: This one-story building, which has a partial second level once used for storage, is located  across the street from Fifth Third Bank.

The building is leased to Miss Michele & Co. dance studio.  The current owner renovated the interior and front facade, and in 2004 installed a new furnace & air conditioner. 


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Name of Property:  Moore Building

Address: 104 E. Division Street

Owner:  Carolyn Moore

Realtor:  Ernestine Matthews, Matthews Real Estate, (269) 782-2400

Rental Amount: To be determined

Asking Price:  $70,000

Lot Dimensions: 45x70

Description of Property:  The one-story building is located downtown, steps away from the high-traffic intersection of Front & Division streets.  Within recent years, it has been the site of a martial arts studio, computer repair shop, coffee shop and a furniture store.  The property includes on-site parking for one or two vehicles.  A municipal parking lot is located at the rear of the site.  


otherName of Property:  Gunn Building

 Address: 102 Commercial Street

Owner: Jeff Gunn

To Schedule a Showing Call:  Vickie Phillipson, DDA Program Director, 782-8212 

Rental Amount: $400 a month, or $500 inclusive of utilities

Approximate Square Footage: 900

Description of Property: Located at the rear of the Edward Jones building with access off Commercial Street, this site is in move-in condiition and best suited for a small professional office.  Amenities include a new bathroom, distrinctive wall paper and wainscoting, with ample storage in the finished basement.   





Name of Building: Former Site of Mr. K's Warehouse

Address:  115-117 S. Front Street

Realtor Owned: Simmon Hoffman, Red Arrow Realty, (269) 208-5102

Asking Price:  $68,500

To Schedule a Showing Call: Simon Hoffman or Vickie Phillipson, DDA Program Director, 782-8212.

Approximate Square Footage: 4,000

Description of Property: The interior of the building is in need of full renovation, including drywall, finishing, paint, flooring and ceiling.  The property contains two new handicapped accessible restrooms.  The upper level has been gutted for apartments.













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