Indianola Downtown Square Streetscape

In September 2018 the City, along with the Indianola Chamber of Commerce and Warren County Economic Development Corporation partnered with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) to conduct an assessment of our community’s downtown square.  This process was a wonderful success due to the engagement and input from the community.  As a result of this assessment a key recommendation was for the community to engage in a streetscape design process. Information regarding the assessment can be found at the following link:

 Square Assessment Information

In the Spring of 2019, the City embarked on a process to develop a streetscape master plan.  A draft concept plan was developed by a steering committee working in conjunction with design consultants.  The steering committee is comprised of business owners, chamber members, community volunteers, and members of the community.  Together, the committee developed a draft concept which may be found at the following link. 

Draft Design Concepts

An open house was held on May 15, 2019 to solicit additional input from the community.  Please be sure to refer back to this webpage and the City’s social media outlets as this project continues through the review and approval process.  For additional information, please call Charlie Dissell, Community and Economic Development Director, at 961-9430.  

City Council Approves Master Plan

At its meeting on August 5, 2019, the Indianola City Council approved the Downtown Square Master Plan.  The overall goal of the Downtown Square Master Plan is to create a more pedestrian friendly, inviting and activated space where businesses thrive and where residents and visitors choose to spend time.  The steering committee recommends a master plan that includes the following design elements and features:

  • Bump outs at crosswalks
  • Colored concrete and/or contrasting pavers
  • Increased sidewalk widths that can accommodate adjacent business related activities
  • Parallel parking on the business side and angled parking on the justice center side
  • Street furnishings that include benches, refuse containers, street trees, raised architectural planters and bike racks
  • Two-way traffic
  • Wayfinding monuments

Downtown Square Streetscape Presentation during the City Council Study session held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Public Information Meeting that was held on Thursday, March 11, 2021.