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Campustown Façade Grant Program

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.

  • Transparent Campustown – Increase transparency and access at the ground level to blend public and private spaces.
  • Social Campustown – Improve outdoor spaces that welcome public access with well lit, park-like gathering spaces.
  • Diverse Campustown – Create a more eclectic environment with vibrant, interesting design elements and integrated art.
  • Identifiable Campustown – Improve the identity and recognition of businesses with design elements that express the business brand identity or with distinct features that work cohesively within the greater context of Campustown.
  • Historic Campustown – Restore or preserve historic character of buildings that contribute to the historic character of the district.

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:

  • Grants of up to $15,000 matching an equal amount invested by the owner, and
  • Up to $2,000 for professional design fees for projects awarded a grant

 

Application Packet

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 26, 2018

  • The application form and required project documents should be returned to the City of Ames Planning Department, located at Ames City Hall, 515 Clark Avenue, Room 214
  • For questions on the program or application requirements, please contact Julie Gould, Planning and Housing Department, at 515-239-5400, or by email at jgould@city.ames.ia.us

2017 Grant Recipient

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.

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2016 Grant Recipient

A 2016 Grant Recipient was Arcadia Cafe. Arcadia used many of the concepts in the Campustown Idea Book to transform 116 Welch Avenue into an iconic Campustown building; not just a better location for their business.

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2016 Grant Recipient

A 2016 Grant Recipient was the Cranford Building for their Stanton Avenue facing facade.

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2015 Grant Recipient

A 2015 Grant Recipient was the Cranford Building for their Lincoln Way facing facade. The 1922 building is the second recipient of the Campustown Façade Grant Pilot Project.

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2015 Grant Recipient

A 2015 Grant Recipient was the West Street Deli. The first of two pilot projects updated the east entrance of the building.

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