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Pettersen Plaza Expansion & Olive Street Box Culvert

The City of Cedar Falls is looking for feedback from you on an upcoming project regarding the Olive Street Culvert.  They are hoping you will review the video and provide feedback on the worksheet (via email) both can be located on the website below.  This project is a large improvement for the College Hill District.  We hope you will take time to provide your opinions on this project as we want this project to serve all in our neighborhood.
 
Learn more and provide feedback about the Pettersen Plaza Expansion Project/ Olive Street Culvert
 
Stay up to date with the entire process by liking the Olive Street Box Culvert Facebook Page

Olive Street

Find information about Olive Street Construction here.

Virtual Public Information Meeting

Open January 4, 2021 – January 18, 2021

The City of Cedar Falls is conducting a Virtual Public Information Meeting to obtain information for the Olive Street Box Culvert Project and to present initial alternatives that are being considered. This project is located on Olive Street between W. 20th Street and W. 21st Street in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and includes the extension of the Pettersen Plaza.

All interested persons are invited to view the virtual presentation and submit their feedback or questions via e-mail, phone, or by mail by January 18, 2021.

View the Public Information Meeting here:

Submit your comments or questions:

If you have any questions or comments regarding the meeting, please notify the Cedar Falls Engineering Division at (319) 268-5161 or complete a comment sheet: Olive Street Comment Sheet (Pdf)  Olive Street Comment Sheet (Word) and email it to OliveStreet@CedarFalls.com.

Stay updated throughout the meeting process by finding us on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/OliveStreetBoxCulvert/.

Holiday Gift Guide: “the Influencer”

For the Tiktoker, or Instagramer in your life. This next Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone. We hope you enjoy our picks!

1. Is someone on your list a plant collector? We have seen so man great plant collections on social lately in fact there are some people have become influencers because of their plant collection and green thumb. These socks from Mohair Pear are the perfect gift for plant influencer on your list when you can’t even keep the yard in your grass alive! For more information about Mohair Pear or shop online click HERE.
2. Time passes so quickly if we get caught up on the tattoo side of Instagram. This gift card from Third Eye Tattoo and Gallery is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Tattoo artists at Third Eye Tattoo And Gallery come put with some of the most beautiful and unique designs for their clients. Perfect for the influencer on your list. For more information about Third Eye Tattoo and Gallery click HERE.
3. Is your influencer a social butterfly? Do they miss being out at the bars, and enjoying their favorite mixed drink? Now you can bring home your favorite drinks (21+ of course) from Social House. It doesn’t get more influencer than this. Having Signature Social House Drinks at your holiday party, I mean come on, who wouldn’t love these fun delicious beverages to take a selfie with in front of the Christmas Tree. It’s the perfect gift that keeps giving (them likes, likes comments and shares that is). Please drink responsibly! For more information about Social House click HERE.
4. Is the influencer on your list a foodie? Well we love this next gift idea! Pick up a gift card from GreenHouse Kitchen. It’s a great stocking stuffer for your foodie influencer, or even your fitness friend who is looking for healthy takeout options. At Greenhouse Kitchen you can create your own bowls, salad, wraps, or burritos, or you can pick from their innovative menu. (May we recommend the Sweet Chili Philly, its so amazing.) They have options that fit everyone with any dietary restrictions.  If you want to learn more about Greenhouse Kitchen or order online click HERE.
5. Whether they are doing the renegade, a makeup tutorial, or going for coffee, this Northern Iowa Sweatshirt from the University of Northern Iowa Bookstore is perfect for your Tiktok influencer. Everyone is loving the tie-dye vibes this year and will make the perfect gift for your favorite influencer. If you want to learn more about UNI Bookstore or shop online click HERE.
We hope you enjoyed these gift ideas for “the Influencer” in your life. Stay tuned for our next gift guide, and we hope you will #HeadtotheHill to do some of your holiday shopping.

Holiday Gift Guide: “the Homebody”

In 2020 we have all become, homebodies.  We are hoping to share each week some great gift ideas you can pick up, or order online (or by phone), all while support local businesses.  This week we are helping you get gifts for “the homebody” in your life.
https://www.sidecarcoffee.com/
 
1. Everyone even homebodies need a hot cup of coffee.  Sidecar Coffee offers bags which they will ground or leave whole for you to grind at home. This gift is perfect when you can’t or don’t want to leave the comforts of our home. Did you know you can even order online or sign on to an online subscription? Sidecar coffee every month at home? YES, PLEASE!
 
https://theotherplace.com/location/cedar-falls-college-st
2. Pick up a growler and a gift card from The OP College Hill, perfect for your friend who loves a drink around a holiday fire or just likes to enjoy local brews at home.
 
https://square.site/book/C1K6JFGBKA2HE/voya-the-salon-cedar-falls-ia
3. Even homebodies need to be pampered from time to time!  VOYA the salon has so many amazing treatments that will have the homebody in your life ready for the new year.
 
4. All homebodies like pizza am I right? And the best part you can have it delivered for your homebody even if you can’t be together for the holidays. The gift of pizza is a great way to surprise your homebody with a delicious meal.  Chad’s Pizza Cedar Falls has got you covered.
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Comic-Bookstore/Limited-Edition-Comics-Collectibles-55613933673/
5. All games are the perfect gift for any homebody.

 

Limited Edition Comics & Collectibles

has this limited edition Giftbox from Magic the Gathering. We hear they are going to go fast so swing by the shop to pick yours up or check out all their other amazing items.

We hope you enjoyed these gift ideas for “the homebody” in your life. Stay tuned for our next gift guide, and we hope you will #HeadtotheHill to do some of your holiday shopping.

Guest Blog: UNI Fraternity & Sorority Life

FSL Overview:
Fraternity & Sorority life provides UNI students with meaningful student engagement experiences, develops leadership skills and contributes to student learning. The Greek community promotes living by the four pillars which untie all Greek-letter organizations: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Friendship.
 
We are seeking leaders, doers and creators to join our organizations. If that’s you or you know of someone, complete an interest or referral form at bit.ly/fslatuni or register for recruitment!
 
Check out our promotional video: https://youtu.be/hAWNfyc03q0
 
For more information about UNI Fraternity & Sorority Life:
 
Instagram @UNIFSL (instagram.com/unifsl)
Facebook @UNIFSL (facebook.com/unifsl)
 
Heading to UNI this Fall?  Check out the UNIFSL Quick Guide to life in Cedar Falls (check out the highlighted businesses on College Hill).

We love having guest bloggers to highlight elements of our community & neighborhood.  Our friends at UNI Fraternity and Sorority Life provided us with some information about their programming and highlighted some College Hill Businesses.  Big thank you to Taberie Van Boening for this information. If you would like to be a guest blogger (please reach out to us at collegehillpartnership@gmail.com)

2020 Passport to the Arts Cedar Falls, Iowa

Enjoy a summer vacation without leaving Cedar Falls! 

Passport to the Arts is a partnership of organizations offering FREE, family-friendly events for you to enjoy this summer! The Passport is also a way for you to enter for a CHANCE TO WIN a prize package from our sponsors valued at $200!
 

July 1 through September 12 attend five (5) of the 27  eligible events and post a selfie to the Passport to the Arts Facebook page of you attending each of the five events. Post your photos before the deadline of September 14 to be entered into the drawing for a chance to win!

It’s Easy to Join the Fun

1. Attend at least five (5) eligible events

2. When you attend an event, take a picture of the event or a selfie

3. Post each of your event photos to the Passport to the Arts Facebook page by the deadline

The Passport

The Passport flyer (below) contains the rules and schedule of eligible events. These flyers may be found at some of the events or simply refer to the flyer below. Head HERE to download and print the flyer at home. 

The Prize

While you’re enjoying arts and culture in Cedar Falls this summer, you’ll be earning a chance to be entered into a GRAND PRIZE drawing valued at $200 from our sponsors: Hearst Center for the Arts, College Hill Partnership, Cedar Falls Downtown District and the Cedar Falls Public Library.  A drawing will be held from the names of those who successfully posted their selfies from five eligible 2020 Passport to the Arts events by the deadline of September 14. The winner will be announced on the Passport to the Arts Facebook page on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.  

Questions? Contact Sheri Huber-Otting at the Hearst Center For the Arts by calling 319-268-5502 or by email at Sheri.Huber-Otting@cedarfalls.com

College Hill Farmers Market Vendor Spotlight

Yellow Table Farm – Tripoli, Iowa

Eric and Courtney Jensen

Eric & Courtney Jensen own Yellow Table Farm in Tripoli. They sell fresh produce, eggs, and lamb. They got started by growing small gardens in the backyard.  The gardens kept getting bigger until they found an acreage for sale.  They jumped in with both feet and started learning and growing as they went along! This last year they installed a greenhouse which means more produce and earlier in the season! What do they like to do when they are not at the farmers market or working on the farm? Bicycling, shooting bow, hiking, and enjoying family time.

Bowls of Love

Bowls of Love Christy Stolz & Abigail Stolz (Mother & Daughter) own Bowls of Love! Three years into business they are happy to be joining the market! Abi had the idea while at UNI to start a small Farmers Market business. Her goal was to provide an avenue to assist small charities in our community. Abi bought herself a fancy blender, started working on recipes & applied to the CF Farmers Market. In the first two years of business, Bowls of Love has grown into a food truck & donated $5,500 to local charities.

  • Upcoming Markets Every Thursday June- October 4-6pm
  • New this season–Curbside Market.
  • Follow on Facebook or Instagram for market updates and additional vendor spotlights
  • For more details download the June 2020 edition of the CHFM Newsletter

Learn more about the College Hill Farmers Market by going to: www.ceee.uni.edu/collegehillfm

College Hill COVID-19 Update

You Asked & We Answered!

We have been working hard to get a DATABASE (CLICK HERE) out to you College Hill LOVERS. This information will help you support your favorite College Hill Businesses during this time.  We know this ever changing situation for you and for College Hill Businesses and we want to help you through it.

We are going to be working to update this DATABASE (CLICK HERE) on an as needed basis to make sure you know what is happening on College Hill. Because this is an ever changing situation we have chosen to use Google Docs to be able to make changes promptly (we know it isn’t the prettiest). We realize Google-Docs isn’t for everyone.  If you would like updated pdfs sent to your email just below contact us at collegehillpartnership@gmail.com and we would be happy to get updates as soon as we can!

Wait There Is More…

We know that if you love College Hill you love our community.  So we wanted to provide you with additional form of links to community sites.  These sites have updated information regarding COVID-19 and our community.  Form located HERE.

A big THANK YOU all of our community.  You have come together to support your neighbors, friends, and all of us on College Hill. And for that we want to say thank you. It is so awesome to see the amazing community we have here in the Cedar Valley.

COLLEGE HILL BUSINESSES- If you need information updated on this database please email collegehillpartnership@gmail.com so we can get them updated asap. We hope to help you serve your customers, clients and community!

College Hill Move Out Guidelines

Move Out Guidelines

Guest Blogger: City of Cedar Falls

Moving Out/Moving In? Will You Help us Reduce the Mess?

Here are some moving in/out guidelines:

1.  “Garbage” at the curb can only be picked up by the city when placed inside the green garbage cart assigned to your address. You are allowed one extra bag a week on top of your trash cart with a pink bag tag attached to it.  Bag Tags can be purchased at our Transfer Station at 1524 State St., Ace Hardware, Fareway, Hy Vee on University.  You may also take your extra bags of trash to the transfer station Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or on Saturday’s form 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  There is a $0.75 cent fee per bag or you can weigh it in and our fee per ton for solid waste is $57.50.  If you have the smaller cart you can always up-size to a larger size.  We have three sizes of carts. 

  • 35 Gallon – $9.00 per month
  • 64 Gallon – $17.00 per month
  • 96 Gallon – $26.50 per month


96 Gallon 64 Gallon 35 Gallon





You can call 273-8629 to change your size of cart if needed.   We normally do cart exchanges on your day of collection. 

2.  Large item pickup is available and scheduled on your refuse collection day for residents with an active Cedar Falls refuse account. To schedule a pickup, call the Public Works Department at (319) 273-8629 between 7 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday. The large items must be placed curbside after 8:00 pm the night before your scheduled collection. This service is limited to large items only and is not intended to be a service for garbage.  Residents are charged a $5 per stop fee for bulk collection appointments. The fee is added to your Cedar Falls Utility account.


The following items will be picked up:  Couches, Chairs, Recliners, Tables, Carpet and Pad (rolled up), Box Springs, Mattresses, Doors (quantities no greater than three), Windows (quantities no greater than three), Swing Sets (dismantled and no concrete), Grills, Gutters and Down Spouts (sections must be less than 6 feet in length), Bicycles.

This service is only available to residents paying refuse fees to the City of Cedar Falls. 

Charged Items:  Picking up the following items will result in a charge of $7.50 each on your utility bill: Washers / Dryers, Refrigerators / Freezers, Dish Washers, Air Conditioners, Water Softeners, Water Heaters, Dehumidifiers / Humidifiers, Microwave Ovens, Stoves, Furnaces, Computers/TV’s $5.

Tires are charged as follows: 

  • Car Tire (off rim): $2.50
  • Car Tire (on rim): $5.00
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (off rim): $6.50
  • Truck / Tractor Tire (on rim): $9.00

Refused Items:  The following items will NOT be picked up: 

Garbage, Yard Waste, Dirt, Hazardous Waste, Bricks, Rocks, Concrete, Sand, Construction, Demolition, Remodeling Materials,

  • Used Oil Filters (accepted free at the Transfer Station)
  • Oil (accepted free at the Transfer Station)

Any refuse pick-up violations are subject to a $200.00 hauling fee to the property owner and may impact the amount and timelines of the return of your security deposit.

Thank you for caring about your environment in which you live, work, learn and play.

College Hill Partnership Board of Directors -319-273-6228

www.collegehillpartnership.org

Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

City of Cedar Falls Evaluates Public Parking on College Hill

We a filled with gratitude and excitement the City of Cedar Falls is taking the time and supplying the funding to evaluate public parking on the Hill.  They have heard all the public comments and the letters from the CHP about wanting to evaluate the public lots on the Hill. We know this is a big issue for Cedar Falls.  And we are excited it is being addressed. 

Currently there are several public parking lots on the Hill.  Some are metered and some un-metered.  Two things we know about the parking situation on the Hill:

1. It’s unique.  Because of the close proximity to the campus of the University of Northern Iowa Parking is used differently than many business districts.

2. It evokes all kinds’ emotions and constant feedback.  This is where we are asking for your help. 

The City of Cedar Falls is in the process of evaluating the College Hill area public parking system. We appreciate your input as it will help us explore effective solutions that will benefit College Hill area businesses, employees, visitors, and residents. The survey will only take a few minutes to complete and all replies are confidential. The survey link is noted below and can be accessed from the City’s website.  It will be live thru April 12th.  Your time and input are appreciated!

The link to take the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMF56MZ

Any and all feedback is welcome.  We hope you will be thoughtful in your answers and take the time to pass this along to friends.  Here’s to the exciting future for College Hill, and addressing the challenges that come with it. 

Sidecar Coffee’s Pour Over Workshop

Sidecar Coffee’s Pour Over Workshop

According to an article on OrganicFacts.net  coffee has several health benefits.  Benefits range from improving cognition and increase metabolism to improving heart health and protecting your liver.  Now we’re not experts on health or coffee but knowing there are some great benefits from our favorite morning beverage just makes us want to drink it more.

So when we heard about an amazing event at Sidecar Coffee we were all in.  Held on March 2nd at 10 am the Pour Over Workshop will teach you how to make the perfect cup using a pour over method.  Co-Owner Andy Fuchtman (CHP Past President and current Board Member) said their “top reason [for hosting these workshops] is we want people’s coffee to taste better, and to build our local community of coffee fans.”  Who doesn’t want their coffee to taste better?  And who doesn’t want to meet new people while learning?  Our friends and coffee experts are going to teach this method using the Hario V60.  Love coffee and want to learn more about it?   Be sure to grab your tickets online by clicking here.   Your $30 ticket includes a bag of Sidecar Coffee’s March Costa Rica beans to use at home.  You will also have hands-on experience learning from one of the experts at Sidecar Coffee.  They tell us spots are limited so make sure to grab your ticket today.  This workshop will be hosted at the Sidecar Coffee’s Roaster at 325 Commercial Street, Downtown Waterloo.

Whatever your reason for drinking coffee you aren’t going to want to miss this awesome workshop to learn more about how to make the perfect pour over cup of coffee.