The program’s goal is to encourage and maintain the diverse culture and ‘uniqueness’ of Campustown; create a vibrant, walkable Campustown; increase safety and security; encourage investment by property and business owners; and add to the vitality of Campustown.
The following design concepts have been identified in the Campustown Facade Improvement Program Idea Book as positively contributing to this vision for Campustown. Applications must incorporate one or more of these design concepts into the project to be considered eligible for the program. The Campustown Idea Book describes these concepts more fully with images and examples of the intent of the design concept.
Commercial property or business owners interested in enhancing the appearance of street-facing sides of commercial buildings located south and west of Iowa State University campus can apply for grants through the Campustown Façade Grant Program. The program provides the following incentives for projects to be completed in 2018:
A Chinese restaurant is coming to Welch Avenue in the former Indian Delights location after securing a building rehabilitation grant from the city. The building, located at 120 Welch Ave., received a Campustown Facade Grant for $15,000 for the renovation and $2,000 to offset design fees from the Ames City Council.
Unique Apartment Homes was the 2017 Grant Recipient. Major improvements and additions are underway for two existing buildings at 2408 & 2410 Chamberlain St. (currently Thai Kitchen, AI Supplements, along with another businesses on the ground level). The changes will make both buildings four stories and add an outdoor dining area for Thai Kitchen. Upgrading the facade will add canopy and lighting elements along the street-level commercial. Completion date is Fall 2018.
A 2016 Grant Recipient was the Cranford Building for their Stanton Avenue facing facade.