Archive for February, 2011

Happy Joe’s Pizza to be Demolished

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Happy Joe’s Pizza on South Duff in Ames holds happy memories of children’s birthday parties and hanging with friends in college for many Ames residents. But the memories will soon have to live on without the building standing as a reminder.

Happy Joe’s Pizza was one of many businesses swallowed by the massive flood in Ames last August. The business has remained closed since the water topped their 4′ flood wall. The building is now scheduled for demolition, which is expected to begin within a week.

The 1 acre lot where Happy Joe’s is located is currently listed for sale for $695,000 with Chuck Winkleblack of Hunziker & Associates, Realtors®. Any new structures built on the site will have to be built to code, which requires the building to be raised above the 100 year flood plain. Many of the newer establishments on South Duff, such as the Walmart Super Center, were built on raised land to meet this requirement and they escaped damage during the record flood of 2010.

Post by Tabitha Zesch, Relocation Director

Photo by Ryan Damman, Iowa State Daily

Public Forums Scheduled on Community Development Block Grant Program

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The public is invited to attend any of the public forums being held to provide information about the City of Ames’ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and to gather public input for its 2011-12 Annual Action Plan as required by the City’s 2009-14 CDBG Consolidated Plan.

The meetings will be held at Ames City Hall, 515 Clark Ave. as follows:

• Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in City Hall, Room 235
• Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, Room 235
• Thursday, Feb. 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in City Hall, Council Chambers

For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2011, funding allocations have not yet been announced. These funds can be used to implement a wide variety of community and economic development activities directed toward neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and the provision of improved community facilities and services.

The funded activities must meet the following three national objectives:
• Benefit persons of low and moderate income
• Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums or blight
• Meet other community development needs of particular urgency

For more information, contact Vanessa Baker-Latimer, Ames Housing Coordinator, at (515) 239-5400 or by e-mail at

Reprinted from the Ames Chamber of Commerce Weekly Email Update.

February Newsletter

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

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We Have Results!

Friday, February 4th, 2011

The results of 2010 are in, and Hunziker & Associates, Realtors® continues to be the most trusted name in real estate.

Hunziker & Associates, Realtors® accounted for:

42.1% of the total residential listing volume

39.3% of the total residential sales volume