Business Development

City of Belleville Regional Setting

Downtown Belleville extends onto a south shore peninsula of Belleville Lake, Wayne County’s largest inland lake.  Located between Ann Arbor (Washtenaw County) and Detroit (Wayne County), Belleville's strategic location is 3.5 miles west of the east-west Interstate 94 and north-south Interstate 275 junction. Detroit Metro airport is a quick 10 miles east.

Economic Development

We welcome New Business! Come join our town's thriving locally owned businesses, attractive traditional Main Street, playful parks and waterfront views.

You Have Friends at the Lake!  From the Horizon Park Waterfront, boats can tie up at our courtesy slips and stroll Downtown. Paddlers launch here and connect to the 104 mile National Huron River Water Trail.

Area Demographics

2 Mile Radius  City of Belleville*

  • Population: 3,991
  • Households: 1,755
  • Median Household Income: $45,735

15 Mile Radius  Includes Sumpter and Van Buren Townships

  • Population: 40,387
  • Households: 16,789
  • Median Household Income: $59,005

25 Mile Radius Includes Canton, Romulus, and Ypsilanti

  • Population: 227,346
  • Households: 86,755
  • Median Household Income: $61,413

* Noteworthy: Annual Average Traffic Count on Belleville's Main Street: 14,400 vehicles / day.


Belleville Downtown on the Lake

We specialize in locally owned shops, restaurants, and service businesses plus family friendly community events.

Plenty of Parking
There is plenty of parking along Main Street, in the renovated Liberty Street Parking Lot, municipal lots and side streets.

DDA Facade Improvement Program
Downtown Commercial Property Owners can partner with the Downtown Development Authority's FACADE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM for improvements to their buildings. The DDA can provide a combination grant plus zero interest loan up to $10,000.

Promoting Shop and Dine Local
Buy In it Belleville!  Let’s keep family owned shops in business. Join us in supporting the local business owners who are reinvesting in the community they serve.

Fun Events for Friends and Family
Dozens of Belleville Area community organizations present 150 days of delightful downtown events each year.  Enjoyed by residents and visitors, these good times include the National Strawberry Festival, LakeFest, Harvest Fest, Winter Fest, Monday Night Car Shows and Farmers Market, Music Lakeside summer concert series, a Taste of Belleville, the Annual Quilt Show and each October, Belleville becomes BOOVILLE


Belleville Trade Area Profile

Downtown Belleville Main Street traffic counts – by SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments)

DDA Façade Improvement Program

ClearZoning Ordinance for City of Belleville

The Belleville Downtown Market Analysis and Strategy Report