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
2412-2430 Lincoln Way
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
2300 Lincoln Way
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
2320 Lincoln Way
Owner: Gilbane, Inc
Construction Information Website: www.constructing23twentylincoln.com
23 Twenty Lincoln Info: www.23twentylincoln.com
Ames Tribune article “Developer Unveils Campustown Apartment Plans”
2520 Chamberlain Street
Owner: Randall Corporation
Council Action Form, Ames City Council, November 12, 2013 CLICK HERE
Finesse Spa Announces they are moving to Campustown CLICK HERE