Crafts & Draughts will feature tasty eats from Campustown restaurants, local craft brews (21+), live music and crafts for all ages.
Saturday, October 7 at 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT
Join us for a fun, fall afternoon in Campustown!
CAA hosts a Member Social at 4PM on the third Thursday of each month. Socials are generally held at Welch Ave Station, with the occasional change in venue by member request.
No agendas at this meeting! No need to RSVP. Just a chance to mingle with other members, neighbors and the occasional special guest. This is a great opportunity to hear what’s going on in Campustown – as well as share what’s happening with your organization.
We hope you’ll stop by and see us!
Updates on socials can be found on our Facebook page.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Campustown Facade Grant program. Properties must be located within the Campustown Service Center boundaries and meet criteria as listed in the application packet.
There will be an informational meeting held Thursday, January 19th at 4pm at the new Arcadia Cafe. Arcadia was a 2016 recipient and is now located at 116 Welch Avenue. Meeting is open to the public, and anyone interested is encouraged to attend.
Applications are available through the City of Ames website or by clicking here and will be due February 27, 2017.
There are many opportunities for volunteering with the Campustown Action Association! Opportunities include our monthly Make Campustown Shine program, volunteer committees committed to enhancing the customer experience in Campustown, and our annual events – Summerfest, Movie Night in Campustown and Crafts & Draughts.
Make Campustown Shine
The Campustown business district is proud to serve both the students of Iowa State University and residents of Ames. Over 100 businesses and organizations are based out of our district, which stretches from Ash Avenue on the east to Sheldon Avenue to the west and from Lincoln Way south to Knapp Street. Campustown experiences a lot of foot traffic, which helps keep the neighborhood vibrant, but can also lead to problems with littering. That is where volunteers come in.
Make Campustown Shine, presented by The Fighting Burrito, was organized by the Campustown Action Association as a monthly program to make our district attractive and welcoming for our customers. Whether your organization is looking for community service opportunities, team building exercises or you are interesting in volunteering with other organizations in our community, our Make Campustown Shine program is for you. We provide the cleaning products, we just need you to provide the volunteers!
If you are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the date your organization would like to volunteer and the approximate number of volunteers you may be bringing. The clean-up usually takes 2-3 hours, depending on how many volunteers we have each month.
More 2017 DATES COMING SOON!!
Thank you for considering Campustown as an opportunity for community involvement in 2017!
For more information regarding upcoming volunteer opportunities, please contact the CAA office.
119 Stanton Ave. #602
Ames, IA 50014
Campustown is currently under construction, which includes both new development and improvements to existing buildings. The Campustown Action Association recognizes the importance of both in the growth of Campustown. We strive to encourage a mix of unique businesses to support the culture and atmosphere of Campustown. On this page you will find information on previous and current projects in the area.
Construction crew for The Cranford Building puts its final touches on the Lincoln Way side of Jeff’s Pizza in November 2015. Awarded the 2015 Façade Grant from the City of Ames, the money spent on improvements has made a major impact on this block.
West Street Deli also was awarded money from the 2015 Façade Grant. Both properties show the wide variety in improvements made with a bit of investment. The Cranford Building focused on historical preservation and West Street Deli maintain their style as a quaint, neighborhood deli.
The Kingland Building at Lincoln Way and Welch Avenue stands as a modern example of the culture juxtaposition of campus-preferred brick classic motifs and glass and metal architecture of the late 20th century.
As part of the Five Year Strategic Plan for Campustown, Campustown Action Association (CAA) encourages development in our business district. As our Board discussed how to work with development projects requesting tax incentives, CAA composed the following list of priorities to encourage redevelopment that follows the mission and vision of Campustown Action Association and maintains the character of the district. Each priority will be weighed separately and no project needs to accomplish all ten goals in order to have the support of the CAA.
1. The proposed project will add a missing service to the mix of businesses currently offered in Campustown.
2. The proposed project will improve the aesthetics of the business district while maintaining the current scale and feel of the district as a whole
3. The proposed project will preserve structures of historic significance to the district.
4. The proposed project will include incentives to retain small, unique businesses to retain the distinctive shopping experience of the district
5. The proposed project will include a percentage of rentable ground floor commercial space at lower market rates for local, independent businesses
6. The proposed project will include high-density uses in penetrable retail street-level spaces
7. The proposed project will enhance the cultural experience in Campustown
8. The proposed project will include spaces for university students/faculty/staff with the opportunity for different university departments to interact off campus.
9. The proposed project will include considerations for parking capacities in Campustown
10. The proposed project will consider reimbursement of depreciated leasehold improvement values to displaced tenants.
Campustown In The News
Ames Tribune Article 3/22/14 Campustown Businesses Relocating
KHOI 89.1 FM Radio Interview 3/26/14. Campustown discussion begins at 29:19
Owner: Kingland Systems, purchase also includes 114 Welch Ave
CAA position and City of Ames staff report to City Council, August 27, 2013 CLICK HERE
City of Ames staff report to City Council, November 12, 2013 CLICK HERE
Kingland Systems has provided information on their website. For further information, please visit http://www.kingland.com/our-company/ames-expansion/
Pedestrian detour information CLICK HERE
New Business Announced! CVS/pharmacy will be the anchor tenant in the new building CLICK HERE
Owner: The Opus Group
Council Action Form, Ames City Council, April 22, 2014 CLICK HERE
Ames Tribune Article, May 1, 2014 Campustown project brings more housing, retail space
Construction information by The Opus Group CLICK HERE
Ames Tribune Article, May 24, 2015 Starbucks, student apparel store opening in Campustown
Owner: Gilbane, Inc
Construction information: www.gilbaneco.com
The Edge leasing information: www.theedgeames.com
Owner: Gilbane, Inc
Construction Information Website: www.constructing23twentylincoln.com
23 Twenty Lincoln Info: www.23twentylincoln.com
Ames Tribune article “Developer Unveils Campustown Apartment Plans”
Owner: Randall Corporation
Council Action Form, Ames City Council, November 12, 2013 CLICK HERE
Finesse Spa Announces they are moving to Campustown CLICK HERE