Campustown Square

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This is the “virtual” square.
You can discuss this using facebook or on our discussion mailing list.

 

To be contacted for announcements or to join our discussion list:

*Discussion List:
http://bit.ly/1TTw5pm

*Announcements List:
http://bit.ly/1SjAMcm

 

Facebook Group and Page:

*Facebook Group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/727505167303702/

*Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/CampustownSquare/

 

 

From Our Facebook Group:

Come to this event this Thursday evening. You will be awesome if you do.

www.facebook.com/events/123345931554513/
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The plans for the new building by Randall Corp in Campustown has this wonderful porch in the back. Staff at the City are recommending requiring them to provide 8 parking spots to abide by asinine minimum parking requirements. I am speaking in support of their appeal tomorrow, and you should too. More details below. ... See MoreSee Less

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Some time soon we will be going door to door to talk to businesses and contact property owners to gain support . This was done a couple years ago, and needs to be done again, and for the specific proposal we have. Any help would be greatly appreciated, let us know if you can help. ... See MoreSee Less

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An update on things:
*There was recently an easement granted for residents of the new building that is replacing Campus Plaza to go through the space. While this is not ideal, we met with the property owners, and we feel plenty can be salvaged.
*Next, we are going to regain support from businesses and property owners for the proposal to create the small space in the northwest corner, that should not affect any access to any needs.
*We are considering having another public meeting where anyone can participate in envisioning the space, and are also considering having an event around Fall where we clean up, decorate and use the space according to the vision.
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We're a few hours from the City Council meeting! Hope to see you all there! ... See MoreSee Less

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We've put forth our proposal to City Council and they will be discussing it at their next meeting, April 12th. Community involvement is crucial to this project and there are a couple ways you can help. We are asking everyone to, please, email your City Council representative and ask them to support our proposal. Lastly, we ask that everyone attend the upcoming City Council meeting. The more people they hear from the better!

City Council Members:
Gloria Betcher - 1st Ward: gloriabetcherward1@gmail.com
Tim Gartin - 2nd Ward: GartinForAmes@gmail.com
Peter Orazem - 3rd Ward: pforazem@gmail.com
Chris Nelson - 4th Ward: nelson.ames@outlook.com
Amber Corrieri - City-At-Large: amber.corrieri@gmail.com
Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen - City-At-Large: bronwynforames@gmail.com
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Thank you, to everyone who attended or expressed interest in our First Community Meeting for Campustown Square! We were thrilled to see members of City Council and the Campustown Action Association, in addition to property owners, business owners, students and residents. It was great to talk with all of you! ... See MoreSee Less

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First Community Meeting for Campustown Square

March 7, 2016, 7:30pm

An effort has been initiated to turn an area in the heart of Campustown into a commonly-owned square. This is a time to learn about the project, tell everyone what you think about it, and add to its vision. There will be food and drinks provided and live music. The event is open to all and family-friendly. We'll kick things off with a quick, informational presentation on the project and it's progress. Following that there will be an opportunity for everyone to take a look at the space in mind, and then for anyone to ask questions and participate in informal discussions. To learn more about the current project: campustownsquare.org/formal-announcement/

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Lunch Discussion; Distribute Info & Stickers

February 24, 2016, 12:00pm

If you support this project and want to meet each other and discuss the project, and if you want to help out. Stop by tomorrow for as long as you want, even if it's just to meet and say hello. We are: *12-1pm - Meeting for Lunch at Cafe Beaudelaire from 12-1pm *1-2pm - Distributing information and window stickers door to door to all the businesses surrounding the square.

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Just made a formal announcement that went out to all media outlets and several groups at ISU. Feel free to share. An open meeting will be held in early March for anyone who wants to come and share their thoughts.

Press release:
campustownsquare.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/announcing_campustown_square.pdf
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Just filed for the creation of "Campustown Square" as a nonprofit corporation. Once it is acknowledged, I will move forward with a proposal with City Council. ... See MoreSee Less

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Parking is the only concern that people have about the square, but apparently, the use of the parking lot has gone down consistently every year; from 1999 it has gone down 50%.
More crucially, the data shows that the average spot in the lot only received 10-15 hrs of parking per week, which confirms peoples observations that it is actually hardly used.
Got this data a few months ago from the City. This shows meter collections for those parking spots from 1998-2014; one is weekly, the other is the yearly averages. I've already observed that the lot is not used much, but does anyone have any thoughts on why people are using the lot less and less??
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Will be setting up a parking study soon. Details to come later.
After that, we'll try and set up the "small square" idea, with an event for the Spring and getting the word out more about this idea.
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I like the idea a lot. The basic premise is sound and it sounds like there's support from the local businesses. I think that if the parking problem could be solved then we would likely see full (or nearly full) support for a renovation centered around this concept. If I remember correctly, when the last revamp was discussed business owners were mainly concerned about an increase in the cost of rent, essentially driving them out of business or barring them from return by simple economics. That drives several questions: would we see a rate hike for existing businesses? How much would a reno like this cost and would it be possible to finance without a large increase to existing businesses? Would this bring in additional revenue? What happens to the porch areas that stores do not want to rent/will they have the option to rent if it's adjacent to their store? Will the organization in charge of the commons be able to book various events, such as comedians, concerts, etc.? How much power does the city have over the common area/does the city have the ability to override the non-profit organization in charge of the commons?

I'm just shooting off questions as they come to mind. I think the idea is great, and I hope that something like this comes to fruition. The questions are just to tease out details so we can all get a broader view of how the commons are to be managed and what kind of impact we can expect to see on the community beyond a positive social aspect.
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This group is for discussions around the establishment and development of Campustown Square.

Learn more:
campustownsquare.org/
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