Downtown Lake Orion
Downtown Development Authority
our friends at the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority are excited for a year full of fun events that feature our Historic Downtown and wonderful business community. With these events come some amazing ways to get involved as a sponsor. Event sponsorship is not only a great way to give back to your community, but also an excellent way to promote your business.
The 2022 event calendar is full of exciting events and opportunities for local businesses to get involved. We are proud to announce that we will be partnering with the Oxford DDA for a number of events this year through our #StrongerTogether Event Series. These events will have the benefit of providing sponsors outreach in both communities. Support from our sponsors will allow the Lake Orion DDA to continue to grow and improve our downtown as the Heart and Hub of the Orion Community.
Shop Downtown Lake Orion’s fabulous stores, where there’s something for everyone on your list this year!
Click the Gift Guide to the right to see all the amazing stores Downtown Lake Orion has to offer, and the many specials and promotions they are running this holiday season.
Lake Orion Hometown Holidays
Tis the Season for Lake Orion’s Hometown Holidays! Shop our downtown businesses this holidays season, and for every $25+ receipt – earn a stamp on the passport below! Earn 8 stamps and you’re eligible for $50 Downtown Dollars and a limited edition ornament. Happy Shopping!
Get the Facts
Lake Orion stands to lose a half million dollars annually
Will your taxes go down?
Does the community stand to lose money?
If the Village of Lake Orion decides to “defund” the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Taxes currently received and reinvested in the village will instead be disbursed to:
- Oakland Community College ($54,596)
- Oakland County ($158,915)
- Metro Parks ($7,575)
- Orion Township ($191,612)
In short, either the DDA collects it and reinvests in the community or it is lost to the Village forever! This information is from Oakland County’s Point of Beginning report for fiscal year 2022-2023.
The DDA works on behalf of businesses AND residents! Here are some of the projects:
- New downtown streets, sidewalks, and parking spaces ($1.6M)
- Paint Creek Trail Trailhead ($269k)
- Business incubator project (now Fork N Pint) ($355k)
- Directional, monument, and park signs ($194k)
- Children’s Park playground equipment ($78k)
- COVID-19 support to businesses ($350k)
- First responder boat dock ($25k)
- Seasonal Flowers and holiday lights ($12k annually)
- Social District (1st in SE Michigan) ($10k)
- Annual funding for police, public works and administrative services ($234k annually)
Lake Orion Is A Main Street America Accredited Program
What other benefits does Lake Orion stand to lose?
As a Main Street America accredited program, Lake Orion benefits from:
- Over $80k annually Main Street services from county, state, and national resources
- Over $50k annually in local, county, state and national recognition
- $100k small business grants, scholarships and programs
- $250k development liquor licenses for downtown restaurants
Downtown Management continues
- Enhanced pedestrian safety – lighting and sidewalks
- Additional parking
- Downtown dumpsters
- More park and event space
Award Winning Community
Lake Orion has received numerous awards for our work in revitalizing and improving our community’s downtown.
These awards include:
Campaign for Main Street – (#StrongerTogether Orion & Oxford) 2022
Main Street Leader – Ken VanPortfliet 2022
Spirit of Main Street – 2019
Out in the Open – Flint Street Alleyway 2019
Spirit of Main Street – 2017
We Are Lake Orion.
What started as a playground destination back in the 1800’s continues to be a place where you come to enjoy life! It’s where the lakes start and your worries end. Where relaxation finds its way into everyday life.
This is Lake Orion, and we are the Heart & Hub of the Orion Community. Filled with friendly, fun and welcoming people, we’re dedicated to art, music and preserving our historic heritage. You can see visions of this rich heritage being realized today, with a fresh face in our historic downtown, dragons around every corner and new businesses saying YES to economic development.
We invite you to take a stroll through our downtown. Dine with us, listen to music and discover our unique traditions. Whether you’re new or if you already live, work and play here, you’ll love spending time in Lake Orion, where living is a vacation!
Downtown Events for Everyone to Enjoy
Lake Orion is host to many events throughout the year. From our annual Flower Fair, Dragon On the Lake, Lake Orion Jubilee, Sing & Stroll, Lighted Christmas Parade and so much more, there’s an event for everyone to enjoy! Click here to get a quick view list of ourdowntown events.
Shop & Dine
Retail shops, restaurants, music venues and many services make up Lake Orion’s charming downtown. Check out our business directory complete information on our downtown businesses.
Our Downtown businesses are in need of our support more than ever. Consider helping to raise awareness or donating to the LO Loyalty: Support our Downtown Businesses Affected by COVID-19. All proceeds go directly to our downtown businesses to help with rent, payroll, utilities and adapting to COVID-19 guidelines.
Lake Orion is home to trails, parks, and of course – Lake Orion! There are endless activities to engage in from boating, enjoying the Belle Trailhead, Polly Ann or Paint Creek Trail, or spending the day in one our beautiful parks!