Dec 22 Downtown Bismarck News

Two-Way Traffic Conversion Study 

After a 4-1 vote at the Dec 13 Bismarck City Commission meeting, an in-house study will be conducted to consider converting Broadway Ave into a two-lane road in downtown Bismarck. Returning Chancellor Square to two-way traffic was identified as an essential project in the Downtown Sub-area Study. Broadway Avenue runs east as a one-way from 4th Street to 6th Street, part of a larger one-way loop created in the 1970s.  Urban planners now recognize that two-way traffic is better for commerce, pedestrians, and development in many traditional Downtown cores.  The traffic conversion would make Broadway Avenue a two-way street running east and west making for improved vehicle access. Low-cost improvements that could be made include traffic signals revisions, signage changes, and re-striping the diagonal parking along the north side of Broadway. The two-way traffic conversion would provide Main Avenue a parallel alternative route.  The Thayer Ave one-way will also be looked at as part of the first in-house study. The Main Avenue Road Diet demonstration project will remain in place through spring to allow more study, particularly how the section functions with snow removal. For more information please visit:

Association News

Welcome to our Newest Members! 
Missouri Valley Family YMCA
Missouri Valley Family YMCA is a cause-driven organization that supports youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA offers family health and wellness opportunities with tracks, gyms, group fitness classes, personal training options, pools, racquetball, childcare, youth sports programs, adult recreation leagues and much more.

Bis-man Community Food Co-op 
Bis-Man Community Food Co-op is  a member-owned food co-op with a  full scale, community-owned retail grocery store providing local and organic food.

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Other member news…
Member Missouri Valley Family YMCA and Sanford health have formed a partnership with Family Wellness Bismarck-Mandan. Family Wellness Bismarck-Mandan will celebrate its Grand Opening on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. The office will operate out of the Raging Rivers lobby Monday through Friday, from 1-5pm daily. More details on the Grand Opening celebration will be coming soon. For more information please contact Amber Rae Bernhardt at the YMCA: 701-751 Family Wellness: For your active family, for our growing community.

Member CC’s Physical Therapy & The Studios will be having a week-long celebration which will include the Holiday Open House and Anniversary Party Extravaganza on December 26. CC’s Physical Therapy & The Studios will also have free classes from Monday, December 26th to Friday, December 30th from The Studios (Studios’ package holders, drop in class pass holders and any new faces). In addition, each night of the week, doctors of physical therapy and The Studios’ instructors will be presenting workshops that are free and open to the public. For more information please visit: CC’s Physical Therapy & The Studios.

Member Gallery 522 Art Exhibit is on display now until January 31, 2017. Featured Artist Corry Feist will be showcasing “Lapping Up”. Admission is free.  Hours run 12pm-5pm, Tuesday-Friday. Gallery 522 is located at 200 W Main, Ste 2  in the lower level.

Holiday Window Contest Ballot 
We have received all submissions for our Holiday Window Contest! Members- please click the link to vote for your favorite downtown holiday windows! The winners receive prizes for 1st-3rd Place and Critic’s Choice. Voting ends Dec 23 at 8pm. (One vote per member business please!)
Holiday window contest ballot 

Downtown News

The Abused Adult Resource Center is looking for donations to fix the heating system at their Downtown Seeds of Hope Thrift Store.  Proceeds from the thrift store represent a large portion of funds used for AARC programs. AARC  has been helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault for more than 20 years. It serves families and individuals in distress throughout south central North Dakota.  For more contact AARC at 701-222-8370.