Clear Lake Downtown Plan

Clear Lake, IA

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Community Planning Overview:

The Downtown Clear Lake Plan is a visionary, yet realistic program for the growth of one of Iowa’s most unique town centers. Clear Lake’s downtown is the front door to one of the state’s three largest natural lakes, providing special distinction and a powerful magnet for visitors. The plan was designed to capitalize on the classic quality of the town. The plan identifies eight key strategic project focuses and provides both design and financing concepts for their implementation. These focuses include the downtown lakefront, the district’s gateway and civic district on the north side of Main Avenue, a developing arts district, and redevelopment opportunities that provide additional downtown housing, lodging, retail, and office space. The first of the “Big Eight” project focuses are now under construction, providing new downtown housing on the former site of the vacant Clear Lake Bakery.

Landscape Architecture Overview:

The plan presented a lofty, yet achievable vision for Clear Lake to pursue with clear implementations steps. Elements of the plan have consistently been implemented since 2003 include: Completions of City Beach Park; Expansion and completion of City Beach Park due to popularity; Completion of Three Stars Plaza; Completion of Buddy Holly Place Streetscape; Clear Lake Arts Center opened in a repurposed bank building; Rehabilitation of the band shell; Improvements to the Sea Wall; Completion of downtown park and bathrooms; Downtown children's splash pad; Boat ramp enhancements; Design of Veteran's Memorial; and Redstone Condos opened, all leading to in increase in downtown activity and events.

Lighting Design Overview:

  • CLIENT: City of Clear Lake
  • COMPLETE: January 2005
    • APA Iowa Chapter - Outstanding Plan Award - 2005
    • APA Iowa Chapter - Implementation Award - 2017
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