March 1 Downtown E-News

The Downtowners’

City Center Newsletter

March 1, 2012

What You Will Find…

□ JL Beers Construction

□ Downtown Updates

□ Upcoming Events

□ Association News

JL Beers Thinking Outside of the Box

Looking at Roof-top and Patio Seating

The Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority had a full agenda for last week’s meeting and next month’s meeting.  As Downtown continues this beautiful renaissance, projects start to come to fruition.

Two of the partners from JL Beers, a Fargo based beer and burger restaurant, were in Bismarcklast week answering any questions about their Renaissance Zone application.  After some discussion, the project was approved at the Bismarck level, next on to the city and state.  The plans submitted to the RZA shows a conceptual proposed roof top seating area providing 32 additional seats at a bar and tables on top of the one story former Bain Agency building on  Third Street, as well as a rear patio area.  Other exterior renovations of note include moving the existing awning location to expose the transom windows, as well as a new roof.  Interior renovations included exposing the original brick/masonry work and retro fitting a bar and grill.  Look for completion early this summer.

Click on the featured picture see DBA member JLG Architects renderings of the JL Beers building, or scroll down.

Broadway Grill & Tavern 

Also approved at last week’s meeting was the proposed restaurant in the Broadway Centre development in West Downtown, Broadway Grill and Tavern.  The restaurant would occupy around 5,100SF on the south-west portion of the development. The initial plans also have an outdoor patio attached to the restaurant.  This is still in the very early stages of construction.

Other business at the meeting included the reappointment of Curt Walth (Starion Financial) and Jim Christianson (NW Development and Downtown Property Owner) to the board. Next month’s meeting will continue on with lease projects for the large Broadway Centre development.

Downtown Updates

— “Sweet Treats” is now open!  The bakery has sweets and goodies, as well as breakfast, lunch and coffee.  Stop in and say hi to owner Rachel.

— Well, it snowed!  Here is just a quick refresher on the snow removal policy.  Snow will be removed from the sidewalks and the cut outs at the intersections 24 hours after snowfall.  Please make sure to clean around the cut outs for accessibility. Thanks!

— 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

Upcoming events

What’s Shakin Downtown

March 1

1st Thursdays- Alive Ave 5!

Downtown Bismarck

March 9

BAGA’s- A Wine Tasting

Bismarck Country Club

March 9-11

Bis-Man Homebuilder’s Show

Bismarck Civic Center

March 13


By Cirque Dreams

March 15-25

Dakota Stage Presents:

Rabbit Hole

March 15-17

ND Girl’s Class B Basketball

BismarckCivic Center

March 18

The Belle Project -Concert

Historic Belle Mehus

Downtowners’ Association News

Organization and member news …

Find all of our member’s information on our website!

The Bismarck Public Library is having their 2012 Spring Used Book Sale through March 3! March 1-3 in Bismarck Public Library’s meeting rooms.  Thursday, March 1: 7am-8:45pm, Friday, March 2: 9am-5:45pm, Saturday, March 3: 9am-3pm. All books sell for $1/lb. Proceeds fund special purchases/projects at the Bismarck Public Library.

The Bismarck Downtown Artists Co-op’s show Love Me, Love Me Not will be showing through March 2, stop by if you haven’t already!

2012 Downtowners Membership Renewals were sent out in December and the month of your renewal, 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:

Please send all member business news and events to:

Check the Downtown Business Association’s websites for updated news and events or

Please forward this on to people interested in Downtown news!