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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Forget About Art in the Park, this Art is in the Airport

Forget About Art in the Park, this Art is in the Airport

Just as the Marshalltown Municipal Airport connects the world to Marshalltown, local artist, Melissa (Missy) Sharer-Pieters is connecting her art to the world. For its inaugural display, the airport is showcasing 16 of her acrylic paintings in the terminal lobby. The work will remain on the walls until Friday, August 30. They are available for viewing, Monday-Friday, 7:30 am until 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. The showing is through a partnership between the Arts & Culture Alliance and the Airport.

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Community Foundation of Marshall County Rebuild Marshalltown Fund Announces First Round Grant Awards

Community Foundation of Marshall County Rebuild Marshalltown Fund Announces First Round Grant Awards

Marshalltown, Iowa, May 2, 2019: The Community Foundation of Marshall County is excited to announce the grant awards from the first 2019 funding cycle for the Rebuild Marshalltown Fund. The two grantees are the City of Marshalltown for the renovation of the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and Habitat for Humanity of Iowa for their Marshalltown Hammers Back project.

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5 Reasons Why its Great to Live in a Right-Sized Community

5 Reasons Why its Great to Live in a Right-Sized Community

Some people may call Marshalltown a small community. To others, it is big. A community with 25,000 to 50,000 people is a micropolitan. We like to call it “right-sized” because it is the perfect middle ground of big enough that you don’t know everyone but small enough that you can be involved. It’s big enough that we have a number of retailers but close enough to metro areas with big box stores. We got together with our partner organizations to come up with the top 5 reasons why it’s great to live in a right-sized community.

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Meet the New Small Business Development Center Regional Director

Meet the New Small Business Development Center Regional Director

Marshall Economic Development is pleased to introduce the new Regional Director for the Iowa State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Ames, Dave Biedenbach. In his position, he will be advising and training entrepreneurs and existing business owners in Marshalltown and the Marshall County area. Biedenbach plans to keep regular office hours (currently every other Wednesday) at the offices of Marshall Economic Development (MED) to meet with those wanting his assistance. There is no charge for his consultation.

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Plenty of Ways to Get Involved in Marshalltown Schools

Plenty of Ways to Get Involved in Marshalltown Schools

At Marshalltown Schools we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of activities to get our students involved. In fact, if we tried to list all or our extracurricular activities it would take up this whole page and more.

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Finding Things to Do

Finding Things to Do

The Marshalltown community has lots of options when it comes to finding things to do during the week and on the weekends. Some of the more popular Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau calendar of events are categorized as: arts & culture, live music, fitness, classes and workshops, and outdoor and nature.

Below is a short list of the organizations that you can check with when planning out your activities. From a survey completed in 2018, there are a lot of things happening in Marshalltown but people don’t know about them until after they happen. It is our hope to increase awareness of the different outlets hosting events or promoting events.

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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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How can you get involved in the community?

One of the many benefits of living in Marshalltown is that it’s somewhere between a metropolitan city and a small town. It’s pretty easy to find out what’s happening for events, new projects, or ways to get involved. People can pick and choose their level of involvement and can be involved in projects that are important to them.

Where can you get involved?

School district: Junior Achievement volunteer, Booster Club, attend school events, join a Parent Teacher Organization or volunteer in a classroom, support your student by encouraging and supporting the school and their education

City: park cleanup groups, use parks and recreation amenities, clean up after yourself, take care of your dwelling, participate in community input sessions

Non-profits: Board of Directors, sub-committees, help with special projects, volunteer at facilities

Events: be on a committee, volunteer at an event, attend events, spend money at events

Fundraisers: donate items, attend fundraisers and/or contribute money towards fundraising efforts

Elected Officials: run for School Board, City Government, or County Government; vote; attend public meetings

Tornado Recovery: Needs vary depending on the project and available resources. Volunteer Iowa and Habitat for Humanity of Iowa have immediate openings for AmeriCorps members to assist in recovery efforts. Volunteers will be critical to support the mobile response team before the colder weather arrives. Volunteers can contact Central Iowa RSVP at 515-444-2390 or marshalltowntornadovolunteers@gmail.com to learn more.

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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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Tornado Clean Up

As we navigate post-tornado recovery and rebuild life in Marshalltown, there are a lot of vehicles and debris on the north side of town. We’ve compiled a list of things to know as you travel around the north side.

Debris Removal

  • The City has been picking up damaged trees and limbs, but is ready to move into the next phase of efficient pickup. All vegetation should be on the terrace by 8:00am on Tuesday, August 8. Future clean up sweeps will happen, but a coordinated effort will help ensure faster removal. If possible, remove as much debris as you can and take it to the compost or landfill.

  • The next efforts to begin are construction debris removal.

  • Terrace trees marked with red spray paint correspond to property numbers and have been identified as potential branch concerns. These limbs will be removed at no cost to the property owner. This work will be completed after debris cleanup. Note that this only applies to terrace trees and those on private property are the responsibility of the owner.

Road / Sidewalk Closures

  • For the time being, City officials ask that vehicles stay off Main Street. This is for the safety of citizens while buildings are assessed and for the mobility of large equipment to haul away debris and fix buildings.

  • Barricades and closures in the downtown and neighborhoods will continue to move around as needs arise. Please stay out of the barricade areas so recovery and rebuild can move forward as quickly and efficiently as possible.

  • If you have work being done on your property that will create a road closure or blockage, please notify the City of Marshalltown - Local Government Engineering Department. They have released a road closure map on their website (https://www.marshalltown-ia.gov/) and will keep it updated as they become aware of projects.

  • Be aware that barricades and closures for sidewalks may also be moving from day-to-day. Stay off the barricaded sidewalks to ensure safety from falling debris. Stay away from sidewalks and streets that are still covered in debris as it may be hard to see hazardous objects.

Parking

  • No parking on Main Street for the time being while recovery and rebuild are in progress.

  • City officials ask that people going to the downtown area use public parking lots instead of Main Street. Some of the public lots still have debris, please be care of hazardous objects. The City will be cleaning these lots soon.

  • While cleanup in front of buildings will be ongoing, on-street parking may continue to be limited on the side streets.

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Tornado Donation Opportunities

There are many donation opportunities available for tornado recovery in Marshalltown. When considering where to donate, think about your donation desires. To help in long-term rebuild efforts or help families with immediate needs. Below are donation funds set up by some of our community partners.

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