February 2 Downtown E-News

The Downtowners’

City Center Newsletter

February 2, 2012

What You Will Find…

□ Parking Ordinance Recap

□ Downtown Updates

□ Upcoming Events

□ Association News

On-Street Parking Ordinance Changes

Recap of Jan 24 Public Hearing on Parking Ordinance

The Bismarck City Commission held a second reading and public hearing on proposed changes to the on-street parking ordinance in Downtown Bismarck.  After a parker’s 90 minutes has expired, the proposed ordinance would require a parked car to move off the current block face for four hours before “reparking” there again.  The Bismarck Police Department initiated the changes after complaints from some business owners regarding Downtown employees “reparking” in the same area in front of a business as a parking routine.  There were also members of the Downtowners and community at large who came forward to share their thoughts on both supporting and opposing the proposed changes.  In many cases, citizens mentioned the recent uptick in activity in the Downtown area and a need for a comprehensive approach to parking.

Kate Herzog of the Downtowners Association also spoke at the public hearing.  The Downtowners made a few suggested changes to the ordinance for the commission to consider.  Where there is no off-street parking in the north and west areas of Downtown Bismarck, this ordinance would place heavy burden on those businesses not close to parking ramps.  The Downtowners asked this proposed ordinance change not be enforced north ofThayer Avenueand West of Second Street.

The Downtowners also suggested the City Commission appoint a Parking Taskforce to determine a long term on and off street parking strategy.  This would involve the Downtowners, City, Police, the Parking Ramp Board and some Stakeholders.  Herzog also mentioned the flexibility with parking solutions was a key to success, especially with service vehicles etc.

The City Commissioners discussed the changes at length. Mayor Warford and Comm. Seminary asked if there were any other solutions or if that evening was a fair deadline to decide this issue.  After discussion, Comm. Grossman moved to approve the changes, with the caveats including boundaries suggested by the Downtowners and a parking task force appointed to address ongoing parking strategies headed by Grossman.  As well as assistance with initiating the ordinance and working with businesses to ease the ordinance’s impact.  Grossman and Comm. Smith said this is needed to free up the street spaces for customers and the public, as well as encourage Downtown employees to purchase space in the parking ramps.  It was approved 4-0, Comm. Askvig was not present at the meeting. The ordinance will not take effect until signage has been ordered and installed as well as contact with the media and public as been made.

 Downtown Updates

— JL Beers has formally applied for a project to the Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority.  The application will be discussed and acted on at the RZA February meeting.  JL Beers is a burger and beer restaurant with locations in Downtown Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, and Grand Forks, with locations in Sioux Fallsand Bismarckin the works. They have purchased the former Bain Agency building on 3rd Street in Downtown Bismarck and have acquired their liquor license. If the Bismarck RZA approves the application, it will move on to the City Commission and State for approval.

— The Bismarck Police Department is no longer marking tires with chalk as a monitoring system for timed parking.  Instead they will use a handheld computer that will track the vehicles more accurately.  Please let your customers or employees know of the new system.

— With all the curiosity around the new construction projects in Downtown Bismarck, we have added updated renderings of Rick Becker’s project onMain Aveand Broadway Centre on West Broadway, click here to see them!

Updated Drawings of Projects

— The Patisserie on 4th is no longer operating Downtown.  The owner has sold her equipment to the new tenet that will be operating a bakery/eatery in the same location.  The new owners are working on the space and have not opened yet, the sign on the door says: “Sweet Treats”. We wish the new owners and Anna from Patisserie on 4th all the best!

Upcoming events

What’s Shakin Downtown

Thru Feb 5

Dakota Stage Presents:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest


Feb 2

1st Thursdays: Alive After 5!



Feb 3

BAGA Opening Reception/Exhibit

5-7pm at BAGA


Feb 4

Symphony Presents:

A Place of Impressions


Feb 14

Giving Hearts Day

Donate at:


Feb 10-March 2

Bis. Downtown Artist Co-op

Love Me, Love Me Not Exhibit

222 N 4th St


Downtowners’ Association News

Organization and member news …

 Welcome to Our Newest Members!

Find all of their information on our website or click on their logos!


Vaaler Insurance-

Bismarck Downtown Artist Co-op-

Leaf Design Studio Architecture-

2012 Downtowners Membership Renewals were sent out in December, be on the look out for yours!

The 39th Annual Downtowners Street Fair vendor applications were also be sent out in January. Those who participated in last years Street Fair will receive 2012 applications. Or you can download them at: www.downtownbismarck.com.

The Afterschool Place is now officially signed up as a 4H club and have leased community gardening space for this spring, summer and fall for the kids to grow urban alternative crops. They’ll be sold at our first ever Afterschool Farmers Market. Funds raised from our gardening endeavors will be reinvested in more student sized equipment, seed and training in Sustainable Agriculture practices.

AARC Holding Valentine’s Day Dinner Benefit Feb 10, call: 222-8370.

Please send all member business news and events to: kate@downtownbismarck.com.  Check the Downtown Business Association’s websites for updated news and events www.downtownbismarck.com or www.bismarckribfest.com.

Please forward this on to people interested in Downtown news!