6th Avenue Corridor

PO Box 8225 515-314-4243
The 6th Avenue Corridor, Inc. is an ambitious nonprofit organization whose mission is to coordinate the commercial revitalization of 6th Avenue through the historic River Bend and Cheatom Park neighborhoods.

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Executive Director: Alecia Kates

The 6th Avenue Corridor, Inc. is an ambitious nonprofit organization whose mission is to coordinate the commercial revitalization of 6th Avenue through the historic River Bend and Cheatom Park neighborhoods. Bookended by downtown on the south and Birdland Park to the north, 6th Avenue is the historic center of North Des Moines and the Northern Gateway to the City’s central business district.

The district was named a Main Street Urban Neighborhood District by the Iowa Department of Economic Development in May 2009, which opens the door for technical assistance and funding opportunities over the next few years. 6th Avenue Corridor will follow Main Street’s 4-Point Approach to commercial revitalization. You can view information about the Main Street Iowa program and the 4-Point approach here. Objectives include:

• Organizing the business community for networking, training opportunities, and connecting to technical and financial resources
• Providing education and consultation about historic preservation of buildings along the Corridor, as well connecting owners to historic preservation resources

• Working with the City and other partners to ensure implementation and success of a new streetscape, including new pedestrian safety features, aesthetic improvements, and sustainability concepts

• Developing a branding and marketing plan for the Corridor

• Planning events that bring people into the Corridor to change perceptions and build a greater customer base for businesses
• Building upon and emphasizing the rich cultural diversity of the area
The River Bend and Cheatom Park neighborhoods have had much success in greatly stabilizing and improving their housing stock, as well as reducing crime in the last decade. While housing efforts are still on-going, it’s now an opportune time to build upon those successes and focus on the commercial heart of the two neighborhoods.