Sioux Center Receives Ripple Effect Grant for Planning Study
The City of Sioux Center is the recipient of a $5,000 Ripple Effect planning grant for a master planning study to be conducted by Confluence, an architecture, planning and design firm, to develop planning strategies for three sites located in Sioux Center.
The three city-owned properties include a 53-acre parcel near WalMart and the commercial area there, the former hospital site along Highway 75 in the heart of Sioux Center, and a 10-acre parcel in northern Sioux Center on prime property adjacent to Highway 75.
The master planning study will provide creative, “out of the box” concepts for all three sites. The future visioning for each property will lead to the creation of activity hubs that will attract new businesses and promote growth within the community as well as provide benefits to the greater regions of Sioux Count and Northwest Iowa.
The Ripple Effect grant application was made to Aureon on behalf of the City of Sioux Center by Premier Communications, one of the city’s providers of internet, cable and phone services. In addition to the $5,000 Ripple Effect grant from the Iowa Area Development Group and Aureon, Premier Communications will provide a matching grant of $5,000 for a total of $10,000 in grant funding for the related fees of the study.
“In an effort to continue our practice of good planning for our community and make sure property is used for the highest and best use, the City of Sioux Center will work Confluence Consultants on planning for three new commercial sites. Our goal is to plan areas that are highly visible, easily accessible and flow well with the development already taking place in or near these sites. As a community, we feel that all three of these sites will be instrumental in determining the future of Sioux Centers growth,” says Dennis Doktor, Assistant City Manager of Sioux Center. “We are thankful that Premier Communications and Ripple Effect agreed to assist the City of Sioux Center in these efforts by awarding grant dollars to offset the cost of this study. We hope to create a vision that will continue in our efforts to do orderly and creative development in our already thriving community.”
A check presentation was made at Premier Communication’s office on Thursday, January 30th. “The Ripple Effect grant in addition to Premier’s matching grant will allow the City of Sioux Center to move forward with the property planning study. This study will enhance the viability of the city and promote the continued economic growth in Sioux Center’s thriving community. We look forward to the results of the study and how we can all participate. These programs are a win-win-win for the community of Sioux Center, our company and the future businesses that will locate here,” says Doug Boone, CEO of Premier Communications.