Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Public Works Department wants cyclists' opinions on riding through the Campustown area.
Tuesday, April 30
From the City of Ames Whether you're an occasional recreational bike rider or a serious cycling commuter, the Ames Public Works Department wants to know what you like or don't about riding through Campustown. Interested cyclists can participate in the online survey by going to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7WTJB9H. The survey focuses on preferences and opinions on biking in Campustown, which is defined as the area south of Lincoln Way between Sheldon and Ash Avenues. “The survey asks bikers to share thoughts on items such as how often they bike in the area, how safe they feel, and what amenities would be helpful,” said Operations Supervisor Corey Mellies, Ames Public Works Department. “We know Campustown experiences a high …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Iowa State University Student Society of Landscape Architecture installed this parklet in Campustown. It will be on Chamberlain Street through Sunday, April 28th.
Saturday, April 27
The Student Society of Landscape Architecture (SSLA) constructed and installed this parklet in Campustown. It will be on Chamberlain Street through Sunday.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Wiseguys Bar and Grill opens April 18.
A new burger bar and grill, Wiseguys, is set to open on Welch Avenue just in time for Iowa State University's VEISHEA celebration. Caleb Johnson and his Wiseguys co-owners also own Cafe Mood and the Cave, two other Welch Avenue businesses. The trio started working on Wiseguys in mid-February. “We thought about what was missing from Ames,” Johnson said. Campustown doesn't have many places where you can sit down and eat, he said. Most of the commercial area's businesses are either fast food restaurants or bars. Wiseguys will serve drinks as well but the focus of the business will be on the food, Johnson said. The menu includes specialty burgers, appetizers, chicken sandwiches and veggie burgers. The bar would close at 2 a.m. and the kitchen …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Ames City Council discussed Campustown building height restrictions Tuesday.
The Ames City Council said Tuesday that it needs more information before deciding whether to modify Campustown zoning requirements for buildings taller than 30 feet. Kingland Systems is asking the city to change a zoning requirement set in 2005 that requires a building's facade to “step-back” 15 feet from the right-of-way if it's higher than 30 feet. The Clear Lake software company purchased nine Campustown buildings within the 2400 block of Lincoln Way near the end of 2012 and said it planned to replace the buildings with a three-story office and retail structure, according to a staff report written for the Ames City Council. The Council said they were open to removing the setback, but want more details from the architects before making …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Kingland Systems said the purchase is part of its long-term growth strategy and that redevelopment plans would become clear in 2013.
A software company has purchased nine buildings in Campustown for $1.5 million according to a recent article in the Ames Tribune. Kingland Systems already occupies a former movie theater in Campustown, and company officials said that their plans will become more clear in 2013, according to the report. The buildings in the 2400 block of Lincoln Way and the 100 block of both Stanton and Welch avenues comprise about half a block of Campustown, the commercial area adjacent to Iowa State University. Kingland purchased the property from Albert Louis Champlin Jr.'s estate. Champlin, one of Campustown's original developers, died in February. Iowa State University hopes to partner with the software company. ISU President Steven Leath told the Ames …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Kim Leader plans to discuss solutions to Campustown vandalism Thursday at a meeting of the Campustown Action Association.
Kim Leader came to work Tuesday in a black smock and hot pink shoes ready to help her customers look their best, but her first order of business was making her Campustown shops appear aesthetically pleasing. Overnight Monday someone ripped out her landscaping plant by plant and threw them all into the street, kicked in a utility door and tried to pull up a bench, Leader said. “I had to get the shovel out,” she said. Leader, who has operated RockStarz & Groupies Hair Studio for three years and opened the Pink Beaver Waxing Studio one year ago, is used to seeing litter and slight vandalism Saturday and Sunday mornings, but this was Tuesday. So Leader did something unusual, she called police. Her business is so often the target of drunken …
Saturday, June 9, 2012
If You Missed it: Ames Weekend events.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Campustown's second annual Summerfest: a day of free activities, games and entertainment begins at noon Saturday along Welch Avenue.
College students are out of town and the Campustown crowd is pretty thin. That makes it a perfect opportunity for the rest of Ames to come out and see what the commercial district, a block from Iowa State University campus, has to offer. For the second year, Campustown Action Association will host Summerfest a day of free activities, entertainment and games. The only thing people need is some money in their pocket for food and beer. Welch Avenue will be blocked off and filled with booths showcasing area businesses, kid's activities, food stands, a beer garden and live music. Campustown Action Association Event Chair Anne Taylor said no one expects to make a lot of sales Saturday, business owners just hope people take the opportunity to …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
News about Ames from around the Web
Alexander Recording Kompany was featured in a KCCI video. The recording studio and performance space is beneath Rieman Music on Main Street. The Iowa State Daily has published an interesting series on development within the Campustown Area around Welch Avenue. Ames City Councilman and ISU Professor Peter Orazem said the area has declined since the 1980s. Read more here. The Ames Tribune reported that the Ames Community School Board voted 6-0 Monday to approve bond referendum language that said Fellows Elementary would be built on site if the $55 million bond passes despite objections from some parents. Read more when their afternoon edition is published. Or check the Amestrib.com for more.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Did you miss a story on Ames Patch this week? Here's a recap.
Monday we told you that Books-A-Million is coming to Ames. The company's corporate office contacted Ames Patch since that story ran and we should have more information for you soon. Tuesday we asked you what you would like to see most in Campustown. Wednesday we told you about a backup at the DCI lab and its new submission guidelines. Thursday we told you all about OccupyISU a leaderless anti wall street movement that has spread from New York and might be continuing here in Ames. Friday we told you about Iowa State University basketball students who were helping Ames Middle School eighth graders learn the importance of credit and also on Friday told you about Ames High School teacher Tim Mooney's and his students' efforts to build schools …