The City of Iowa City is developing a Streetscape Master Plan for Riverside Drive in response to requests by area businesses, property owners and neighborhood residents. 

The project area extends from the Highway 1/Highway 6 intersection to Myrtle Avenue, which is the area within the West Riverfront District of Riverfront Crossings. There are a number of businesses along Riverside Drive that provide services to the neighborhood and to the broader community. As new businesses and housing are developed along this corridor, there is interest in improving the safety and aesthetics along the street, especially for pedestrians, and in establishing a more cohesive identity for the area. 

Area businesses, property owners, residents and the general public are all encouraged to attend an open house and public input session from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Media Center at Roosevelt Education Center, 611 Greenwood Drive. The open house will provide an opportunity for the public to review and discuss concepts for improved public sidewalks, landscaping, street trees, lighting, signage, entranceway features and other amenities. 

There will be a brief formal presentation at 5:30 p.m., followed by an informal public input session. The concepts that will be presented are based on input received from recent meetings and interviews with area businesses, property owners, and residents, and the vision and goals adopted in the Riverfront Crossings Master Plan. 

For questions, contact Karen Howard at 319-356-5251 or For more information on Riverfront Crossings, visit

Date of publication

Friday, November 06, 2015