May 23 Downtown Bismarck News

Discover Downtown 1 Week Away!

The Downtowners Association’s new event Discover Downtown is just one week away, May 30. We’ll be touring unique spaces Downtown, networking, and taking in Midwest Culture speaker in Hugh Weber.  Food, drinks, tours, and Downtown networking! Discover Downtown is a multifaceted experience showcasing downtown Bismarck and supporting the Downtowners Association.  Join us!  Tickets from $35 up to tables available!

When: May 30, 2019  4:30PM – 8:00PM
WhereGrand Pacific Center (Wells Fargo Building) 6th Floor, Various Tour Locations Downtown
Keynote: Speaker Hugh Weber

Sponsorships, tables, and tickets- available today!

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1MCND Breakfast with the Larks!  

1 Million Cups will be hosting a breakfast and networking event on May 29 at Juniper Workantile at 9am. Get a chance to try the Bismarck Larks 4 Donut Contenders for Season 3. You will also have a chance to win 2 tickets to their Donut & Beer Festival! Be a part of the 1 Million Cups Energy in Bismarck-Mandan.
Event Info

University of Mary Downtown Campus 
The University of Mary is moving forward on their purchase agreement to buy the Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health building.  The University of Mary entered into a 5-year purchase option with the city in October 2015.  Each year of the 5 year option the price increased by $50,000.  Greg Vetter with the University of Mary said they will be working with the city and Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health on a lease-back option for BBPH to stay in the space for now.  Future plans for the site could include University of Mary Health Sciences classes.  BBPH lease-back options will be discussed at the next City Commission meeting May 28.






Main Avenue Configuration

The Bismarck City Commission awarded bids for the permanent four-to-three-lane conversion for Main Avenue at last Tuesday’s meeting. The project was awarded to Strata Corporation, who placed the lowest bid of $1.65 million. The city had previous accepted a $700,000 Urban Roads grant for the conversion, funding from the North Dakota Department of Transportation which will assist with permanent pavement markings, ADA curb work, and replacing and optimizing traffic signals.  Bids for the full conversion came in higher due to discovery of the traffic signal mast-arms age and inability to accommodate new signal heads.  The mast-arms and signals would have to be replaced now or in the near future and a decision was made to replace them now as they would likely increase in price in future years.  The Main Ave reconfiguration is a recommendation from the Downtown Sub-Area Plan.

Downtown Events
May 25
Intuitive Tarot Readings 
Exposure Boutique & StudioMay 31
The Lion King 
Belle Mehus Auditorium

May 31
Flea Market

June 2
Sunday: Family Funday! 

June 2
Bloody Mary Fest-Hosted by Bismarck Cancer Center
Bismarck Elks

June 3
European Wine Tour!
Anima Cucina

June 5
1 Million Cups 
Dakota Stage Ltd.June 5
2000’s Music Trivia 
The Starving Rooster

June 5
PJ Masks Live! Save the Day
Bismarck Event Center

June 6
Trivia Night!
Sixteen03 Main Events

June 6
Personalize Project Workshop 

June 8
Ferguson Books Children’s Storytime 
Ferguson Books Bismarck