Downtown Master Plan promotes green space, housing, parking and new commerce

Downtown Master Plan promotes green space, housing, parking and new commerce

The Downtown Marshalltown Master Plan draft was unveiled to the public Wednesday. The concepts presented are six months in the making, encompassing ways to revamp the area following the July 2018 tornado.

The region spans Third Street to Fifth Avenue and Madison Street to Grant Street/Byron Street/Bromley Street, focusing on commercial, residential, industrial and open spaces.

“The plan is to present the Master Plan at Monday’s city council meeting for final acceptance,” City Housing and Community Development Director Michelle Spohnheimer said. “Whenever an individual project would come forward, those have to be approved if they require city funds, such as streetscaping, public improvements, etc. It would have to be approved by the council, project by project. This Master Plan gives us a guide, especially as we talk to private developers coming in and we have the opportunity to say what our vision is.”

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Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority make $2M Available

Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Finance Authority make $2M Available

Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program and Main Street Mortgage Loan Program to assist downtown rehabilitation from July 2018 tornado damage

March 13, 2019 (MARSHALLTOWN) – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) announced today a combined $2 million in additional funding to aid ongoing recovery efforts in Marshalltown. Both commercial and residential properties are eligible for the funding, which may be used for redevelopment, rehabilitation or deconstruction of buildings and to support the revitalization of Marshalltown’s downtown district.  

“A Main Street district is the heart of a community like Marshalltown – both economically and in spirit,” said Debi Durham, director of IEDA and IFA. “We’re happy to partner with local leaders and building owners to rehabilitate Marshalltown and position the community’s central business district for future growth.”

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Chamber Urges Choosing Local

If you were given $100, would you prefer to put it in your own pocket or someone else’s? Admittedly, most of us would like to keep the money ourselves.

That’s the same choice we face every time we choose a good or service. We can keep it local and put the benefit in the collective pocket of the Marshalltown area community. Or, we can choose to take the transaction elsewhere and benefit the checkbook of another community.

The next time you need a service (financial, legal, healthcare, etc.) or are making a purchase (auto, household goods, clothing, groceries, etc.), what will you choose? Will you keep your business in the Marshalltown area and benefit our local economy? Now more than ever, the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce certainly urges you to do so. When we all pull together, Marshalltown thrives.

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Holiday Shopping Guide

When it comes to holiday shopping, we have a variety of options at our disposal. We choose to buy local, buy online, or go out of town. This holiday season, we encourage you to shop local as much as you can. Below are some ideas on local stores that provide you with a unique experience with a hometown service.

We’ve broken it down into three areas of the community that you can head to for your holiday shopping needs - 13th Street, Main Street, and the Marshalltown Mall. Besides these areas, you can get gift certificates from restaurants, gas stations, hotels, and grocery stores. You can purchase Chamber Bucks at the Fisher Community Center to be spent at any Chamber Business.

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