Helping to revitalize historic downtowns 
one story at a time.™


Mike Jackson and Dan Carmody created the name and developed the UpstairsDowntown™ upper story redevelopment program in 2005 for an Illinois Main Street Conference. Over the past 13 years, many communities across the nation have been inspired to redevelop the their historic buildings one story at a time under Dan and Mike's tutelage. They have presented their Upstairs Downtown Workshops in sixteen states at a wide variety of local, state, and national gatherings.

This compelling program focuses on building community capacity to revitalize its underutilized assets and helps stakeholders work together to create more robust downtown by putting the market forces to work building greater resiliency and strengthening local economies. 

The UpstairsDowntown program is designed for building owners, contractors, architects, city officials, preservationists, and downtown professionals.




Meet Dan and Mike

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The Stories

Case studies of successful projects...

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 Feasibility studies for adaptive reuse...

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