We love historic downtowns!

Enhancing the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri.

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Lee's Summit

National and State Accredited Community

2010 Great American Main Street Award® Winner

13 SE Third Street
Lee's Summit, MO 64063
(816) 246-6598

Executive Director
Donnie Rodgers


Main Street Tier Level
Accredited Community


About Downtown Lee's summit

With a population of almost 94,000 people and land area of 65 square miles, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is the sixth largest city in the state. Despite a rapid growth spurt in the past 25 years, Downtown Lee’s Summit has remained the heart of the community. Downtown Lee’s Summit is a 2010 Great American Main Street Award® winner by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Rich in history, Downtown Lee’s Summit is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its strong ties to the railroad continue to this day – visitors can hop on a passenger train at the downtown Amtrak station. And with over 40 retail shops, Downtown Lee's Summit is a great place to shop for home décor, jewelry, clothing and more. Bars and restaurants range from upscale wine bars to laid-back rock n’ roll joints. New residential lofts and adjacent historic neighborhoods also make Downtown Lee’s Summit an excellent place to call home.

A unique combination of preservation of history and place, with progressive attitudes and entrepreneurship, make Downtown Lee’s Summit a great place to live, shop, eat and play! It All Starts Here…Downtown Lee’s Summit!

Established in 1989, Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street Inc. (DLSMS) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Lee’s Summit, Missouri. DLSMS follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to commercial district revitalization and is an accredited Main Street program through the National Trust Main Street Center. Downtown Lee’s Summit is a recipient of the Great American Main Street Award®, naming it one of the Top 5 downtowns in the nation.

The mission of Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street is to promote and strengthen its economically strong and diverse Downtown Core through a master plan of:

  • community education and awareness;
  • cooperative utilization of business resources;
  • continuity in design and historical preservation; and
  • continued growth of the economic base.

Downtown is and will continue to be the historic, present and future heart of Lee’s Summit. It is a commercially vibrant, cultural, spiritual, and educational family destination. Downtown Lee’s Summit is a regional destination with a mixture of uses, including specialty shops and restaurants, and public buildings that make an important civic statement. It is a place of ‘experience’- people living, walking, music playing, and events happening – a public environment.