Storm Lake City Council Approves Downtown Master Plan

The Storm Lake City Council on Monday adopted the city’s 2023 Downtown Master Plan.

The council reviewed the plan at their meeting in the middle of May. The plan was developed by the ISG Group after a year of receiving input via public meetings, website surveys, social media and more.

Storm Lake City Manager Keri Navratil said there will continue to be tweaks and changes, but the council’s approval allows the city to move forward and look harder at opportunities to make the plan a reality in the long-term, ten to 20 years down the road. Navratil said there will be more chances for the public to comment on the plan…

Mayor Mike Porsch thanked everyone that’s provided input for the plan. Porsch previously said he hopes work can begin as soon as 2026, and hopes that small goals can be set during the ten to 20 year time frame.

The plan focuses on facade, signage, and alley improvements…adding a multi-use building at the 6th and Michigan Street intersection, which could include a rooftop bar…an event space at the Michigan Street parking lot…a gathering space and hub near the library and Witter Gallery…provide a downtown gateway at the Railroad Street and Lake Avenue intersection that would feature a sculpture garden or a wine bar…and add multi-family housing opportunities in open lots on Seneca Street…and possibly adding bike lanes.

Click here to view the entire Storm Lake Downtown Master Plan