Meeting to Discuss ClearChannel Outdoor Billboard

**THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Clear Channel has withdrawn their request at this time – so this meeting has been cancelled. The NOG Board of Directors will keep you informed of any additional information we receive. Clear Channel still holds the permit to install in the current location, although they have not confirmed that this is their intention. Please pass on this cancellation information on to others who may have planned to attend. Thank you.**

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013
7-8 p.m.
Grand Suites, 3801 Grand Avenue, Des Moines

The North of Grand Neighborhood Association invites residents to a special meeting regarding the proposed new electronic billboard and its location close to I-235 and 42nd Street. We will have Jason Pomrenke with Clear Channel and Erik Lundy with the City of Des Moines there to speak. If you would like to hear more about the electronic billboard and its proposed location, please plan to attend – your input is important. This item is on the Planning and Zoning Agenda for Thursday Dec. 5, 6 pm.

Staff Recommendation
Des Moines Playhouse PUD Conceptual Master Plan
Drawings / Rendering of proposed Clear Channel Outdoor Electronic Billboard

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NOG Annual Meeting Nov. 12

The North of Grand Neighborhood will hold its Annual Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, beginning at 7 p.m. at Grand Suites, 3801 Grand Avenue.

Ted Irvine, owner of The Mansion and member of Des Moines Plan & Zoning, will be the guest speaker. Ted will give us an update of the Ingersoll-Grand Commercial Urban Renewal Plan.

Also, please join us to cast your vote for 2014 board members. These seats are open:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • At-Large (3 positions)

If you are interested in serving on the board of directors, please contact board member Matt Coen, Nominations will also be accepted at the meeting. All terms are two years and begin Jan. 1, 2014.

It is with gratitude that we recognized the long-serving, out-going North of Grand board members who have made a tremendous difference in organizing and promoting our events in the neighborhood related to crime prevention, BridgePark, beautification / clean up / SCRUB, garage sales, annual picnic, historical research, economic development, Ingersoll Ave. improvements and fund raising: Kimberly Hansen, Ben Molloy, Mark Siegfried, Matt Braafhart, Matt Coen and Nathan DeCock. Thank you to them for dedicating their time for the betterment of our neighborhood!

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Proposed Change to Ingersoll Properties Sparks Action

The Oct. 17 meeting of the DM Plan & Zoning Commission included this on its agenda:

“Request from Lee Family Properties LLC (owner) represented by Andy Lee (officer) for review and approval of a Site Plan under design guidelines in NPC Districts on property located at 3701 Ingersoll Avenue, to allow revision to off-street parking configuration and landscaping.”

See the proposed site plan

In response, the North of Grand Board of Directors drafted the following letter, which was read before P&Z Oct. 17:

The Board of Directors for the North of Grand Neighborhood Association has reviewed the site plan as well as the City staff recommendations for the properties located at 3701-3711 Ingersoll Ave.  Pursuant to our review and discussion, we offer the following comments:


  • Streetscaping as proposed by City Staff.
  • Adherence to NPC guidelines.
  • That the project be contingent on timeline / deadline and performance bonding.
  • The removal of the pole/sign bases at SE and SW corners of site.


  • The proposed 6′ easement on residential property to north in lieu of 10’ parking setback.
  • Any removal of trees on the adjacent property to the north.
  • 4 on-street parking spaces on west side of 37th Street (currently no parking).
  • Any reduction in minimum parking requirements.

Numerous infractions and unfulfilled agreements have been associated with these properties over the last months and years.  In this case, the Neighborhood believes past behavior is a reasonable indicator of future behavior.  We have little confidence that the site plan requirements will be completed in a timely and satisfactory manner, if at all.

Therefore, it is the position of our board, that the proposed site plan meet, or exceed, all minimum requirements, as well as the requirements recommended by City Staff.


Kimberly Hansen, President
North of Grand Neighborhood Association

The Commission deferred the item until its Nov. 7 meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 400 Robert D. Ray Drive. You can view the agenda and meeting minutes here:

We encourage any and all Ingersoll business owners and residents who wish to speak to this issue to please plan to attend the Nov. 7 meeting and voice your opinion.



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Upcoming October 2013 Events

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I-235 Clean Up Oct. 12
FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF and help your neighborhood shine this Saturday by helping us out with the I-235 clean up. Our neighborhood shares its boundary with the freeway between 42nd and 31st Streets and it is our responsibility to help keep it clear of trash and debris. Join us for a few hours of exercise and neighborliness Oct. 12 from 8-10 a.m.; Volunteers will meet at 7:50 AM behind the Fire station at 42nd and  Pleasant. There will be bagels and coffee before we start. The clean up will take about 2 hours. Dress for the weather, wear work clothes and be prepared for tall wet grass. All  ages above 14 are welcome. Sign up by contacting Ben Molloy,

Meet & Greet Reception Oct. 14
Stop by Caribou Coffee Ingersoll after work to meet members of the North of Grand Neighborhood Association Board of Directors. If you are interested in learning more about board opportunities, or just want to know what’s happening in your neighborhood, drop in any time between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. This is a casual get together – everyone is invited!

Historic Home Walking Tour Oct. 20
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013
2 PM, start at 736 37th St.
In November, 1924, Better Homes & Gardens published an article entitled, “Getting Neighborliness in your Neighborhood,” featuring the early formation of the “Center-Soll” neighborhood, from roughly 36th-38th streets; Center Street to Ingersoll Ave. Architect Tom Wollan will lead a 1.5 mile-long route through “Center-Soll,” in which participants will veiw the exteriors of several residential architectural styles, including significant bungalows, and well-known establishments like Tanglefoot Cottage, Ingersoll Theater and Bauder Pharmacy. The tour will end with an open house celebrating the 100th birthday of the home of Tom and Pat Wollan, 638 39th St. from 3:30-5 p.m. The event is supported in part by the Polk County Community Betterment Grant program. Wear comfortable shoes. Rain or shine. On-street parking. Event is free and open to the public. Call Colleen Kinney, (515) 664-9183 with any questions or

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Letter to St. Augustin’s Church RE: Demolition of Historic Homes at 4005 & 4011 Grand Avenue

Click here to read official letter (.pdf)
View more photos in the Photo Gallery

August 5, 2013

St. Augustin Church
545 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50312

Dear Rev. Chris Hartshorn,

The mission of the North of Grand (NOG) Neighborhood Association is to ensure that existing and projected infrastructure systems are managed or developed so they enhance the physical, visual and spatial qualities of the neighborhood — promoting a healthy climate for area businesses, and public and private properties.

Aligned with our mission is our goal to strengthen communication between neighborhood institutions, business and residents. As you are aware, the NOG Board of Directors is concerned about the proposal by St. Augustin Catholic Church to demolish two properties at 40th and Grand which are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Greenwood Parks Plat Historic District.

The North of Grand neighborhood prides itself on its history and has taken active steps to educate its residents about the richness of the past that surrounds them. The NOG Board has organized popular and well-attended architectural walking, biking and trolley tours and a traveling photo exhibition of historic photographs to highlight these assets and place them into the 21st century perspective. We have a keen understanding of what our neighborhood has become over 125 years: a safe, affordable, historic neighborhood in close proximity to shopping, dining, mass transportation, quality schools and churches.

Please allow this letter to serve as a vehicle to open up communication and conversation regarding the properties at 40th/Grand Ave. Our two organizations successfully worked together in the expansion of St Augustin’s parking lot in 1999. At that time we felt the level of communication would stay consistent and not waver as our two organizations are dedicated to the same vision – the future of this neighborhood.

Additionally, since these properties are located within a National Historic District, the NOG Board serves as a resource and advisory body regarding historic and other economic development incentives that may affect the properties within the neighborhood.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to your response and welcome the opportunity to continue a dialogue with the City of Des Moines and St. Augustin Catholic Church.

Kimberly Hansen, NOG president

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