Interstate 29 Downtown Construction Update
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce
At Downtown Partners, we value small business. Its small businesses like yours that hold our downtown community together. That’s why we wanted to find a way to help your business thrive. One of the ways we can do this, is providing education and information so that you can make the best decisions for your shops.
The DAY SHELTER OF SIOUXLAND will be opening its doors for a trial period beginning April 3, 2017 at 8:30 AM! The Day Shelter of Siouxland will be located at 71…7 West 7th Street, in the front part of the Soup Kitchen. Hours will be from 8:30 until supper is served at the Soup Kitchen – around 5 or 7 PM. The shelter will be operational seven days a week through Sunday, April 30th. The Day Shelter of Siouxland’s mission is to provide daytime shelter during the winter months to those in need, thereby preventing exposure to freezing temperatures, which could result in death. The shelter also hopes to provide connection to needed services from non-profit organizations serving the homeless population during the daytime and business hours. This project is the focus of a group of community leaders of the Leadership Siouxland Class of 2017, and is made possible by generous funding from Mercy Medical Center, and support from the Boards of Directors of the Warming Shelter and the Soup Kitchen.
More information on the Sioux City Reinvestment District Project
The downtown Convention Center hotel is one of three projects proposed as part of the Sioux City Reinvestment District. The Iowa Reinvestment District Program (“IRD”) allows designated cities to create zones of up to 25 acres where future hotel/motel and sales tax revenue can be used to assist with new development in that area.
Small Business Saturday. The Day We All Shop Small.
Downtown Partners is encouraging the community to visit your local businesses in Downtown Sioux City for Small Business Saturday. On Saturday, November 26th businesses in downtown will be open for shoppers to experience their stores and begin shopping for the holidays. Downtown Sioux City is home to hundreds of locally owned shopping and dining venues. Each business may provide something special on this day, so make sure to visit www.shopsmallsux.com for more details on how to contact each of the downtown shops.
Downtown Sioux City welcomes you to kick off the holiday season with an evening full of activities for the entire family! “Downtown for the Holidays” is scheduled for Monday, November 21st.
A week of events relating to innovation and entrepreneurship will take place in Sioux City as part of the 4th annual Launch Week, November 3rd – 10th. With speakers, startup presentations and plenty of networking, Launch Week aims to inspire, motivate, and promote collaboration among professionals.
|The City of Sioux City Parks and Recreation Department will hold a public meeting to unveil the proposed design for a new park in downtown Sioux City on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. The new greenspace, located at 620 Pearl Street, will be known as “Pearl Street Park”.
The addition of downtown greenspace is a priority of City Council. A modest $50,000 was allocated in the FY 17 Capital Improvement Plan budget for park development. The
Parks and Recreation Department worked with students in the Urban and Regional Planning department at the University of Iowa earlier this year to develop a long-term vision for the park project as part of a greenspace study with the City, SIMPCO and Downtown Partners. The University of Iowa students developed two park design concepts.These concepts were shared with a local supporter who is an outstanding advocate of quality of life initiatives in the Sioux City metro. The Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce that Regina Roth has pledged $500,000 towards the park project. This project would not have been possible without her very generous support. The contribution made it possible for the City to hire SmithGroupJJR of Madison, Wisconsin, a landscape architect firm, to develop a preliminary design for the park.
SmithGroupJJR worked with the Parks and Recreation Department staff and a group of stakeholders to fine-tune the concepts developed by the University of Iowa students. The City anticipates Pearl Street Park will become a popular destination in the downtown area for multiple users. It is conveniently located across from the LaunchPAD Children’s Museum and Ho-Chunk’s new market rate housing units. Once completed, the park will help attract customers of Food Truck Fridays, which was staged around the perimeter of the future park on 7th Street this summer. These are just a few of the many local programs and businesses that will benefit from the park project. “The City has been working on bringing greenspace into the downtown area for several years and we are extremely excited to see it coming to fruition,” said Matt Salvatore, Parks and Recreation Director. “Not only are we adding much needed greenspace to this dense commercial area, we are developing a beautification project that will enhance the area and create a unique urban experience.”
Due to the generosity of Regina Roth, the dream of a public park in downtown will soon become a reality. Construction could begin in the spring, 2017. Interested citizens are welcome to learn more about the project by attending a public meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 7:00 p.m., City Hall, 5th Floor Council Chambers, 405 6th Street. RSVP here.
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Downtown for the Holidays will take place on Monday, November 21st in Downtown Sioux City. Events will include the 2016 Holiday Lighted Parade at 6:15 p.m., the opening of Santa’s House and the Festival of Trees. New to this year’s events are free admission into the LaunchPAD Children’s Museum from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. with a donation of a canned good or new toy and the “Decorate Downtown” contest for window/storefront displays and building lighting.