Campustown Redevelopment

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  1. Messi

    Messi Well-Known Member

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  2. istater7

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  3. theshadow

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    One of the Randall clan owns the buildings in question, so I'm sure they figure they can make a bunch more $$$ on apartments+businesses than they can on just business rental.
     
  4. jkclone

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    Why? It should be good for Ames and Iowa State. It isn't just eliminating the businesses. They will have nicer places when this is done if they stay there.
     
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  5. BikeSkiClone

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    "What makes you feel old?"

    "None of the 5 businesses listed by name in the article existed when I went to ISU." (or at least that I can recall - last semester was Fall 2010)
     
  6. istater7

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    Hard to say if these businesses will return or if it will just become more and more commercialized
     
  7. farminclone

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    Agree 100% - this is an efficient use of space that meets two needs at once, both residential and commercial/entertainment. Campustown was in need of a face-lift, a lot of those buildings weren't in great shape at all, and this is going to be the best way to do it because developers will be able to make more money this way. More money = nicer buildings. Also good for property tax.
     
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  8. jkclone

    jkclone Well-Known Member

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    If those businesses were so special they will be back. If they aren't then is it really a loss? Why would different businesses be bad?
     
  9. farminclone

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    I think business that will go in these locations will be university/student based businesses.
     
  10. NetflixAndClone

    NetflixAndClone Well-Known Member

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    Well if its anything like the other business that were affect in the past.

    A) if they are good they will move into a nicer place

    B) die out because they aren't good

    C) better businesses will pop up in its place.
     
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  11. alarson

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    Yeah, this is good for all. Campustown has been in need of some revitalization for some time
     
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  12. jammin

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    I'm not too dialed in with campustown revitalization currently but do keep an eye and ear out for news.

    Are there any renderings or planned concepts out from Randall yet?
     
  13. IAMAIRBHG

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    could use a runza right on the corner. mmh thats sum good eatin
     
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  14. mtowncyclone13

    mtowncyclone13 Well-Known Member

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    as a student for 5 years i never went to any place on that stretch. kinda weird, right?

    the sad thing for me as an urbanist is the loss of the individual ownership of buildings. certainly redevelopment is needed but what we find is the ownership is concentrated and businesses must rent instead of being able to buy their space. this leads to a completely different type of long-term presence in an area.
     
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  15. cyclone87

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    The ownership has been concentrated for a long time in this area, in some cases since the beginning of what is known as campustown. For instance the properties Kingland bought for their project were all owned by a single entity (the family of the man who originally constructed the buildings Al Champlin). There are only a very few businesses in campustown that don't rent. I agree that it would be better for the area if more businesses owned their property
     
  16. JSmoove

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    Not even Cafe B?
     
  17. crawfy54

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    Really hope Mr Burrito will hold a space in the new building. That burrito is fire
     
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  18. cyclone87

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    The caption on that picture is incorrect as the building mr. burrito is in is not part of the project. The buildings just the west are part of it contains the district, jia foods, and taste place.
     
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  19. LincolnWay187

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    Is the city going to make them tear down the old bars like Paddy's and Mickeys? Why don't they put some nice buildings in there...no way those places should have been passing health codes..at least when I used to go to school.
     
  20. LincolnWay187

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    Also, does anybody know what happened to/if he is still there Jerry the barber at all cuts on Lincoln Way. Nicest guy ever, kinda odd duck but nice old guy. Used to get my hair cut there 2002-2007. Now I wish I just had hair at all hahaha.
     
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