Gateway bridge, downtown plaza and more: 5 developments to watch in Ames in 2022

The new year will bring new change to Ames.

From a pedestrian bridge to Jack Trice Stadium to ice skating downtown, developers will break ground or finish up some projects that have been years in the making in 2022.

Here are a few highlights of projects that will be completed or will be underway this year:

Work should wrap up on Iowa State's new pedestrian bridge, parking lots

The Gateway Bridge lights up the night in an architectural rendering. The bridge would carry pedestrians from the east side of Jack Trice Stadium to parking across University Boulevard.

Cyclone fans and anyone passing by the southeast corner of Iowa State’s campus will continue to notice large developments in 2022 that will expand access to Jack Trice Stadium and pave the way for further development in the area.

The Gateway pedestrian bridge and a new RV parking lot to be connected by the bridge to the stadium are expected to be finished in time for the kickoff of the 2022 football season.

The quarter-mile-long bridge will connect the east side of the stadium at Gate 2 to the new gravel RV lot across University Boulevard that will replace the existing G7 grass lot with concrete parking pads and electrical service for each of the 330 RV stalls.

A view of progress on Dec. 23, 2021 of the Gateway pedestrian bridge that will connect Jack Trice Stadium with new parking lots across University Boulevard.

The new lot will also feature new lighting, a pedestrian trail from parking lots along South 16th Street and a small pedestrian bridge over Worle Creek, according to documents presented to the Iowa Board of Regents in November, when the parking project was approved after the Gateway Bridge’s approval in February.

Also in November, the Regents approved a second parking project to repave and expand the B1 and F lots around the Scheman Building, Fisher Theater and CY Stephens Auditorium. The expansion is expected to add 380 new parking spaces, as well as a drop-off area by CY Stephens.

Both parking projects, with a combined budget of more than $13 million, are funded by ISU Athletics. The projects also make space for the proposed future development of a multi-use entertainment and retail district between Jack Trice to the south and Scheman, Fisher and CY Stephens to the north.

Work continues on downtown plaza

The Ames City Council heard an update on the plaza project which will bring ice skating in the winter and a splash pad in the summer to Ames' downtown.

The city is nearing the transformation of a municipal parking lot into a recreational asset with uses for both warm- and cold-weather seasons. Across from city hall, the space will offer ice skating in the winter and a water feature in the warmer months.

Design firm Confluence took public input and created concepts of a plaza that will feature artwork and host events.

Though some preliminary work started last fall, construction on the plaza is slated to start in 2022 and won't be completed until 2023.

The Ames City Council heard an update Tuesday on the plaza project which will bring ice skating in the winter and a splash pad in the summer to Ames' downtown.

Though the full details are not yet complete, a conceptual design has been created, and the project is expected to cost $4.3 million, a $450,000 shortfall from the originally dedicated funding.

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Crews complete work on Ames' new high school

An aerial overview in November 2021 of the new Ames High School under construction.

Ames’ new high school continues to take shape and is expected to be completed on schedule this year.

As of the most recent update from Story Construction’s manager of the $137 million project, in December, the school is still expected to be basically completed on April 30, with an opening set for August, despite supply chain issues.

With the building enclosed and temporary heating installed, work — including painting, flooring and carpeting — is nearly finished in some areas, while drywall hanging and ductwork installation continue in other areas.

Paving and earthmoving is finished until the spring.

A view in November 2021 of interior progress of the new Ames High School.

The district posted a look at progress inside the building, as of early November, on its YouTube page at youtube.com/watch?v=Lxmuy319BL0.

Demolition of the old building is not expected to take place until sometime between November 2022 and March 2023, although the almost $1.7 million bid for that work was awarded in December to Minnesota-based LinnCo Inc.

Work begins on Bakers subdivision

After a need for affordable housing sent people out of Ames, the city will be adding single-family housing to a 10.86-acre site of Campustown.

Construct of Ames was contracted to build 26 single-family units in the Baker Subdivision, at 321 State Ave., with construction expected to start this summer. The development should be ready for people to move in summer 2023.

Prairie Fire will build 23-unit apartment building and two townhouses with bout 81% of units classified as affordable housing.

In the same subdivision, Prairie Fire Development plans to build 13 townhouses and a three-story 23-unit building, with construction slated to start spring 2022 and be ready for move-in summer 2023.

About 81% of the units would be classified as affordable housing.

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Work begins on Ansley Ames development

Ansley Land is developing a pedestrian friendly living community within walking distance to Jack Trice Stadium and just west of the Iowa State Research Park and the Tedesco Learning Center.

Construction on a pedestrian and nature-centered community will start in 2022, too.

The 65-acre site in south Ames is within walking distance to Jack Trice Stadium and just west of the Iowa State Research Park and the Tedesco Learning Center.

Plants native to Iowa will be emphasized on the property, with 40% of the land dedicated to green space. Pathways and trails will weave through the development.

"With a variety of housing styles and a focus on architecture ... this strong community-based design is intended to appeal to single adults, young to mid-range families and downsizing seniors," developer Casee Burgason-Cruise wrote in an email.

Ansley Land is developing a pedestrian friendly living community within walking distance to Jack Trice Stadium and just west of the Iowa State Research Park and the Tedesco Learning Center.

Ansley Land will develop 30 single residence lots in the first phase of construction.

A second phase could include a small event center with a food commissary, though construction on that phase isn't planned to begin until 2023.

More information can be found at AnsleyAmes.com.