First in February and again in May, the Ames Progressive criticized the proposal to let an out-of-state developer completely redesign much of Campustown without adequate input from business owners and the community. (Full disclosure: The Space for Ames music venue, until recently a part of the same organization as the Progressive, is located in Campustown.)
But we never mentioned that near the end of June, the Ames city council declined to grant Lane4 a two-month extension to come up with a plan that would effectively move the project forward. (The city does remain open to continuing talks after the economy starts looking better, according to council member Riad Mahayni.) Explaining the decision, council members said what they should have realized from the outset: that without more input from Ames residents and developers, the project had no chance of succeeding.
I’ve updated our articles on the Lane4 debate to reflect the council’s decision. But if the city approaches Lane4 in the future, you can be sure that we will have more to say.
Like Mountains Beyond Mountains
A Different Vision for Campustown: Embrace What’s There, Don’t Slash and Burn
A Different Vision for Campustown: Why Not a Slow and Steady Approach?
A Different Vision for Campustown: Reconsider the Varsity Theatre
A Different Vision for Campustown: Instead of Demolition, Beautification