April 27 Downtown Bismarck News

Chancellor Square Back to Two-Ways

The Bismarck City Commission approved converting Chancellor Square back to two-way traffic and delayed a permanent decision to the Main Avenue 3-Lane Configuration until traffic studies can be conducted for the conversion of the one-way system in Chancellor Square. Chancellor Square was developed in the 1970’s, creating a one-way loop from Fourth to Sixth streets between Broadway and Thayer in Downtown Bismarck. Many communities that experimented with these systems have since reverted back to two-ways. Studies have shown that conversions from one-way to two-way traffic create a safer pedestrian areas, higher tax bases and make the core easier to navigate.  Engineering will study if a two-way Chancellor Square will alleviate some commuter traffic on Main Avenue (as Broadway Avenue could become a parallel alternative route), and what changes to make to signal lights.
Low-cost improvements would be made including re-striping the diagonal parking in the opposite direction where necessary, replacing signals with stop signs at most intersections around the square, and signage changes.  Estimates of the total conversion are $54,000.  Many lost parking spaces may be re-purposed for designated motorcycle and/or bike parking. Both the Chancellor Square Conversion and Main Avenue 3-Lane Configuration are recommendations in the Downtown Sub-Area Plan. The Downtowners will be holding some information sessions for our members and working closely with the city on a smooth implementation.  Thank you to our members who voiced their support for both Main Ave and Chancellor Square Conversion.  For more information regarding these two projects please visit: http://www.bismarcknd.gov/.

Association News

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Magi-Touch Carpet One Floor & Home 
Magi-Touch Carpet One Floor & Home is a local family owned business. Magi-Touch Carpet One specializes in carpeting, domestic and exotic hardwoods, laminate, vinyl flooring (including Duraceramic), ceramic tile, glass tile, area rugs, and window treatments. Magi-Touch Carpet One also offers professional installation services for all products.

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Other member news…

Member Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library was awarded the 2017 North Dakota Star Library Award for going above and beyond with the service they provide to their community! Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library is the #1 ranked public library in North Dakota for hours open to the public, program attendance, public computer usage, and library card holders. The Library’s outreach branches, Burleigh County Bookmobile and Bismarck Mobile Library, are ranked #1 in North Dakota for hours available to the public and total number of stops made annually. Visit Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library for information about their services and programs.

The Mayor’s Ball for the Art and Humanities is Friday, May 5 at 7pm at the North Dakota Heritage Center. There will be a Golden Ticket auctioned off, which will include tickets to many arts and cultural events held in the community throughout the year, including, but not limited to: a Gateway to Science Family Pass; Symphony Season Tickets for Two; BAGA Wine Taste Tickets; BAGA Festival of the Arts Tickets; Two all-inclusive tickets to 2018 Dakota Digital Film Festival; Northern Plains Dance Season Tickets; Downtowners Art & Wine Walk and Central Dakota Children’s Choir Season Tickets. Two local artists, Paul Noot and Nicole Gagner, will be creating live painting that will be auctioned off that evening. The Mayor’s Ball was created to recognize, support and promote the organizations that contribute to the culture of our community.

Tinee & Trendee

A new baby boutique is now open in Downtown Bismarck!  Tinee & Trendee recently relocated and opened at 231 W Broadway Ave just across the street from the Broadway Dairy Queen.  Check them out and welcome them to the neighborhood!

Downtown News

GO! Bismarck-Mandan is promoting National Bike Month this May. GO! Bismarck-Mandan will be holding different events throughout the month of May featuring: Mayor’s Ride, Group Rides, Traffic Safety 101, National Bike Week, and much more! Join millions of commuters nationwide by riding your bike to work, school and everywhere else during National Bike Week and Bike Day. On your way home from your work commute, stop by the Bismarck Veterans Library on Friday, May 19 for a quick minor tune-up and tire pressure check with experts from Scheels, plus register to win prizes. Use hashtag #bismanbikes to show social media you love to ride in the Bismarck-Mandan community. The mission of Go! Bismarck-Mandan is to bring people together to build a culture of health where we live, learn, work, and play. For more information please visit, Bike Month.

Event Calendar
April 28
An Evening with Dead Larry 
The Pond

April 28
Comedy Live
Sixteen03 Main Events

April 28
BSC Jazz Ensemble 
Sidney J. Lee Auditorium

April 28
Stayin’ Alive Canada 
Belle Mehus Auditorium

April 29
4th Annual Keep Bismarck Beautiful Day 
North Central Park

May 1
Monday Night Supper 
Fireflour Neapolitan Pizzeria & Craft Coffee Bar

May 1-July 30
National Register of Historic Properties 
ND Heritage Center & State Museum

May 2
Opening Reception: Area High Schools Juried Show 

May 4 & 6
Healing Art Workshops: Scratch Art 
ART Gallerie on Main

May 4-14
Dakota Stage Ltd.

May 5
Opening Reception: Miranda Pollert Exhibit 

May 5
The Nomads Nomad By Luke Maguire Armstrong and music by HEK
Caffe Aroma

May 6
Bismarck Comic Con
Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library

May 6
Bismarck Bucks vs. Chicago Eagles
Bismarck Event Center

May 12
Band Night Parade 
Bismarck Area

May 12
Trivia Night 
Sixteen03 Main Events