The City of Onawa Plans A New Street Scape

The City of Onawa, in conjunction with Onawa Economic Development and Onawa’s Downtown Revitalization Committee, is moving swiftly forward with a dedicated Downtown Streetscape Revitalization Project. The overarching mission for this project is to encourage local spending, provide business development opportunities, inspire a safe and healthy community, promote tourism, and cultivate a sense of community pride.

The City has hired landscape architectural consultant Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company of West Des Moines, Iowa to lead the design process alongside Sundquist Engineering of Onawa. Through careful coordination, planning, design, and implementation, the Downtown Onawa Streetscape will be transformed into a vibrant, aesthetically pleasing community destination for all to benefit. General project improvements include but are not limited to: Iowa Avenue 4 to 3 lane conversion, Iowa Avenue frontage road renovations, intersection bump-outs, decorative pavements, pedestrian street furnishings, street trees and floral plantings, way-finding signage, and stormwater improvements. The project will be completed in several phases over the span of multiple years. Preliminary project boundaries are set to include Iowa Avenue from 11th Street to 8th Street, and 10th, 9th, and 8th Streets from Pearl Street to Diamond Street. The consultants are actively working alongside the City to apply for several grants to help fund the projects, establish a budget, and phase the implementation.

The design consultants would like to invite all to an informal public informational meeting to discuss preliminary plans, listen to your ideas and concerns, and answer questions about the project.  The meeting will be held from 6:00pm – 8:30pm at the West Monona High School Band/Choir Winter Concert on Monday, December 17th in the high school foyer/commons area. Come and go as you please. A light snack will be provided.

If you are a resident of Onawa, please go to this link, and fill out the community survey to provide your input.


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