August 8 Downtown E-News

Implementing The Plan

Downtown Master Plan Meeting #3

Strategies for Implementing a Vision

A plan is just a plan, unless it’s implemented.  As the almost year long process of the Downtown Sub-Area Study or Downtown Master Plan passes the half way point, strategies on how to implement pieces of the plan are crucial to the success of the process.  The first two meetings were all about public input, what the community wanted to see happen in the Downtown area over the course of the next 5 years and beyond.  On August 14, we’ll hear about how to make it happen.  Public workshop number three is all about how to make the community’s vision of Downtown Bismarck a reality.  Leading the study for the community is the Bismarck-Mandan MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) and their hired team of Downtown Planning Consultants Crandal-Arambula.  CA have completed Downtown plans in many parts of the country, cities large and small.  Their reputation is a firm that implements plans.  From Downtown Portland to Missoula, MT to Racine WI, the firm has been successful in getting the community to take the ball and run with it.  The Downtowners urge you to get involved in the future of Downtown Bismarck.  From public plazas and complete streets, to markets and activities, the plan contains it all.  It’s up to us all to keep the momentum going!
Mark Your Calendars:
Downtown Plan Public Meeting #3
August 14
Bismarck Civic Center Rm. 105


Year 2: Art & Wine Downtown

Get to Know Downtown

21 Locations Participating Thursday Night

Tickets for the 2nd Annual Downtowners Art & Wine Walk are sold out!  A new event created in 2012 geared to getting the community more familiar with the business and artist community in Downtown Bismarck.  Many Downtowns hold successful Wine Walks and the Downtowners event in Bismarck looks like it’s here to stay. Thank you to all our business participants, attendees, The Peacock Alley, The Toasted Frog, The Blarney Stone, Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Impact Gallery & Gifts, Town Square Media, Radio Bismarck Mandan, Leslie Pearcy, Todaymade, New York Life’s Jeff Japel, all of our talented artists, musicians for supporting the 2nd Annual Art & Wine Walk Businesses.

Downtown Bismarck

News & Updates

-Crabapple Floral & Gifts, a new florist in Bismarck, will be opening up shop September 5 at 303 E Main Ave.  Kelsey Ruhland, owner and head designer of Crabapple, will be doing events, weddings, and day to day arrangements.  Their location will be inside ACO (A Creative Outlet) on Main Ave which opened earlier this year and supports local creatives in the area.  Crabapple opened in 2008, this will be their first venture in Bismarck.  You can find more on Facebook or their website:
-The Toasted Frog recently received permission to install sidewalk seating for customers.  Outdoor seating for the Toasted Frog opened on Monday August 5.
-Construction continues on the Sixth and Thayer Parking Ramp.  Portions of off-street parking adjacent to the project along 6th Street and Thayer Ave have been closed.  Please consider using the parking ramps if off street parking is full.
–The Downtown Master Plan continues in Downtown Bismarck.  To review the newest concepts and voice your opinion, visit:
–The Cowan Bldg development continues on the corner of 4th and Broadway. The sidewalk in front of the building will be closed during construction (south side of the block).  The sidewalk could be open by September.
–Quiet Rail Zones are moving forward at 3rd, 5th and 12th Streets in Downtown Bismarck.  At the Feb 26 City Commission meeting, the engineering firm SRF entered into their contract with the city to install the extra safety measures and work with the Federal Railway Administration.
–If you are considering a downtown development or renovation of a Downtown building, the CORE Incentive Programs are once again available through the City of Bismarck.  The CORE Programs currently active are Façade Improvements, Housing Incentive Grant, Technical Assistance Bank, and Sidewalk Subsurface Infill.  The programs are designed to encourage reinvestment, rehabilitation, and new development in the Downtown area.  For more information contact the Downtowners or Jason Tomanek at the City of Bismarck at 701-355-1849.
– The Bismarck Parking Authority is offering free evening parking in the 3rd and Main Ramp from 4pm to 2am daily.  With continued activity and nightlife in Downtown Bismarck, the ramps allow the public to enjoy the city center and not have to search for street parking. *How the After Hour Complementary Parking Works: Use the entrance to the 3rd & Main Ramp on 3rd Street.  Pull into the ramp and pull a time stamped ticket.  The arm will raise and allow the car through to park.  When exiting the ramp, simply use the hourly lane and deposit your ticket in the slot, the arm will already be raised to allow the cars to exit. There is no leeway on timing.  If you enter at 3:59pm or exit at 2:01am, the customer will be charged the normal hourly rate.


Downtowners’ Association

Member News

You can find all our members information at

-Member The Toasted Frog recently install sidewalk seating on the north side of their building.  Be sure to stop by and check out their new outdoor space.  

-The Downtowners are in the process of organizing 6 Teams throughout the organization.  Members are encourage to participate in a Downtowners team.  More information will be coming through these newsletters as the teams continue to form.  Once everything is in place, notifications will go out to the membership for voluntary participation.

-Send all member news and events to


What’s Shakin’ Downtown?

Events Downtown

August 10
Robert Cray
Belle Mehus 

August 15
Live Stand Up Comedy
Dustin Diamond (Screech)

August 15
Urban Harvest Final Week
4th & Broadway 

August 20
Rock 101’s ONE Night Stand
Bismarck Civic Center

September 13-14
40th Annual Street Fair
Downtown Bismarck