The redevelopment of the Kibbey Building and its adjacent site is a model for small town Iowa main streets. The project consisted of the insertion of 4 apartment units on the second floor of the structure and the redevelopment of the adjacent empty site into a community park. The project’s design was intended to preserve a historic fabric of Main Street. Literally.
The project serves as an example of the success in building repurposing, but as a special model in use of neglected and empty sites that erode the downtown fabric. The park embraces the empty corner lot giving it life and purpose. The public canopy supports PV panels used for lighting and power for irrigation pumps. The irrigation system is an active way of conditioning storm water in the hardscape area of downtown and is fed by a storm water management cistern below the Kibbey parking lot.
The project is also an example that positive change can happen in small steps. One small building and one bare lot are now making a difference to a community and serving as an example to many others.
Location: Marshalltown, Iowa
Program: Housing, Residential, Preservation
Client: Downtown Leases and Lofts, LLC.
Photo Credits: Timothy Hursley