Warren County’s decision to demolish their courthouse and replace it with the justice center facility significantly impacts the appearance and function of Indianola’s downtown square. It is currently a two-lane, one-way directional square with angled parking on both sides. The interior angled parking does not appear to meet any established dimensions and includes a mid-block pedestrian crossing with no areas for refuge on either side.
A series of meetings were held with city staff and local steering committees to discuss historic elements, current challenges, and the area’s overall functionality. Bolton & Menk gathered information and created a variety of viable concepts for the square. The preferred alternative features two-way traffic, parallel parking on the square’s business side, angled parking on the inside of the square, bump-outs with colored crosswalks for pedestrian safety, signage/wayfinding locations, and landscape improvements. There are also options to use outdoor space for dining, sales, and demonstrations. The plan developed provides an opportunity to create safe and sustainable streetscape enhancements Indianola residents and visitors can enjoy for years to come.
American Planning Association – Iowa Chapter – 2019 Planning Award – Urban Design