Y Block Proposals

The Mayor assembled a committee to review the responses to an RFP to redevelop the block north of the Governor’s Mansion which, until recently, hosted the old YWCA building and served as a large parking lot.

The committee is likely to finish their deliberations within the next two months. Considering that some type of city investment (likely using Central Area TIF dollars) will be required to make a project a reality, the next procedural steps would be for the proposal to go before the Economic Development Commission, and then, the City Council.

The DSI Board hosted the groups for short presentations in May.

John Shafer Architects envisions a residential complex with first-floor retail on the north side, with park features on the south

View the formal proposal
Read their opinion editorial in the SJR about the project

EMS Midwest envisions a downtown college campus, a movie theatre with rooftop dining and several apartments on the north side, with park features on the south

View the formal proposal
Read their opinion editorial in the SJR about the project

North Mansion Y Block Development Inc. envisions a public park for all 2.3 acres

View the formal proposal
Read their opinion editorial in the SJR about the project

Generally, DSI is considering these questions when making an assessment of the strongest proposal:

  1. How does the project accelerate the growth of downtown becoming a residential neighborhood?
  2. How does the project complement the existing business fabric?
  3. How sustainable is the financial model for the project?

To date, there has been no avenue for general public input. Let DSI know your thoughts on the Y Block proposals>