FIRST AVE Project

First Ave Blue (002)1st Avenue Corridor Image

About

First Avenue, a former railroad corridor, is a 66’ wide right-of-way stretching from I-29 in the west to Indian Creek in the east. It is one block south of West Broadway and represents an opportunity to link downtown Council Bluffs with downtown Omaha and all points in between. Roughly 30% of Council Bluffs residents live within a half mile of First Avenue. The corridor is lined with businesses along West Broadway, destinations such as Thomas Jefferson High School and Cochran Park, and numerous opportunities for mixed-use and multi-family residential redevelopment.

FIRST AVE” is an acronym that stands for Furthering Interconnections, Revitalization, Streetscapes, Transportation, and Aesthetics for a Vibrant Economy.  This webpage is where we post pertinent information and plans related to the efforts in this important corridor. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Interactive Map

Map Link: https://tooledesign.github.io/80070_Council_Bluffs/ 

We have developed an online interactive map to present the layers of analysis developed for the First Ave Transit Alternatives Analysis project. The map currently only contains potential alignments, potential station locations, and multimodal analysis (biking and walking) layers. Eventually additional layers will be added. Clicking the link will take you to an overview page. Click the “View Map” button to proceed to the map. When you first load the map, not all layers are turned on. If you click a layer in the right-hand side legend, it will toggle on or off. Many layers are clickable for more information.

We would like you to take the opportunity over the next week or two to comment on any areas that are particularly challenging for biking/walking, missing data, or other potential errors you might notice. You can also provide general comments of locations that you think might be particular opportunities for redevelopment, walking/biking improvements, transit destinations, etc. There are two ways to provide comments:

  1. Click on station locations and enter comments
  2. Use the “add segment” and “add point” buttons on the righthand side to draw lines and points, respectively, which you can then add comments to.

Adding your name is optional, but preferable in case we need to follow up for clarification.

Plans

West Broadway Sub-Area Plan (adopted September 2014)

West Broadway Corridor Plan (adopted July 2015)

West Broadway Market Study (2015)


Zoning Codes

C-2/General Commercial District

CDO/Corridor Design Overlay

MCR/Mixed Commercial Residential District

Letter of support for MCR District from Greg Youell (Executive Director for MAPA)


Trail Concepts

Amenity Concept Package

Trail plaza concepts

Thomas Jefferson High School trail design concept

1st Avenue Trail Corridor 16th - 19th Street

1st Avenue Trail Corridor 19th - 22nd Street

1st Avenue Trail Corridor 22nd - 25th Street

1st Avenue Trail Corridor 25th - 28th Street

1st Avenue Trail Corridor 28th - 31st Street

1st Avenue Trail Corridor 31st - 34th Street

1st Avenue Trail Corridor 34th - 35th Street

Conceptual 1st Avenue trail cross section


Presentations

Mode Shift Omaha (ZOOM format June 2020) (mp4 file)

Mode Shift Omaha Presentation (pdf)

1st Avenue Committee Meeting (ZOOM format June 2020) (mp4 file)

1st Avenue Committee Transit Alternatives Analysis Presentation (June 2020)

1st Avenue Committee Meeting (ZOOM format May 2020)

1st Avenue Committee Transit Alternatives Analysis Presentation (May 2020)

1st Avenue Committee Meeting (April 2020) 

1st Avenue Transit Alternatives Analysis Stakeholder Presentation #2 (March 2020)

1st Avenue Committee Meeting (January 2020) (mp4 file)

1st Avenue Transit Alternatives Analysis Stakeholder Presentation (Dec. 2019)

FIRST AVE Advisory Committee Meeting Presentation (Dec. 2019)

Brandon Garrett’s - 1st Avenue Presentation to City Council (video)

Brandon Garrett’s - 1st Avenue Presentation to City Council (PowerPoint Presentation)

1st Avenue Mobility Study (Pin-up Day 2 Concepts)

FIRST AVE Kick-off Meeting 


Media Coverage

Press Release: FIRST AVE September 10, 2019

FOX 42 - 1st Avenue Trail Media Story 

KETV - 1st Avenue Trail Media Story

The Daily Nonpareil - 1st Avenue Corridor Improvements Media Story

KETV - Mixed-Use Development Media Story


Development Proposals

White Lotus 

Knudson Development LLC 


Development Opportunities


Other Information

Managing Shared-Use Micromobility

Transit Return on Investment Report (Spring 2020)

Transit Return on Investment Letter

FIRST AVE Program

West Broadway Landscaping and Signage Assistance Program

West Broadway Reconstruction Plans

Five-Mile Radius Work Profile Report


Archives

West Broadway Corridor Plan - Media Stories

https://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/local/planners-new-first-avenue-two-way-avenue-a-may-come/article_aaa97ab8-97a0-11e4-9758-a7e76d5ea43d.html

https://www.nonpareilonline.com/video/c-b-talks-west-broadway-plans/youtube_3a075eac-9da8-11e4-9f75-378e6766d44b.html

https://www.omaha.com/news/iowa/it-s-a-very-unique-project-council-bluffs-planning-commission/article_e5369948-29ab-11e5-afbd-cffe19fece7b.html

  1. Brandon Garrett

    Community Development Director
    Phone: (712) 890-5356

  2. Community Development

    Physical Address
    209 Pearl St.
    Council Bluffs, IA 51503

    Mailing Address
    209 Pearl St.
    Council Bluffs, IA 51503

    Phone: (712) 890-5350
    Fax: (712) 328-4915