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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Business Spotlight | Jack's Pho House

Business Spotlight | Jack's Pho House

The business spotlight for this month is Jack’s Pho House located at 10 West Main Street. The restaurant first opened in 2015 and features authentic recipes from Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. Jack’s Pho House meals are made to order with local ingredients. Hours of operation are Tuesday - Saturday.

Darcy Maulsby recently wrote about Jack’s Pho House in her Travel Iowa article, “Experience a World of Flavors in Iowa.” Congratulations to Jack’s Pho House for the recognition of best places to experience ethnic flavors from Iowa's small towns!

Native Marshalltown owner, Wendy Mohler, and family operate the restaurant. In October they announced a discount for all Military, Senior, Marshalltown Police, and Marshalltown Fire Department members as appreciation to the community.

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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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Open for Business!

**Updated August 28, 2018**

The Marshalltown Regional Partnership has been sharing information via the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce page as businesses reopen. Here is a compiled list of businesses who have announced that they have re-opened after the tornado. Watch Facebook pages or try calling business numbers for updates. Keep in mind that businesses may be at varying degrees of operational. *We will update this list as the Marshalltown Regional Partnership receives notifications.

For downtown businesses, please park in public lots surrounding Main Street and walk to the establishment. Anderson Funeral Homes has also offered their parking lot to downtown visitors. #ThinkLOCALfirst and #ShopLocal matter more now than it ever has. Show our businesses that their blood, sweat, and tears these past few weeks are well worth the investment in our community! Walking a few blocks is worth the inconvenience when you compare it to the rebuild process these businesses are experiencing. #MarshalltownStrong

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