West Broadway/1st Avenue Corridor

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1st Avenue, a former railroad corridor, is a 66’ wide right-of-way stretching from I-29 in the west to Indian Creek in the east. It is one block south of West Broadway and represents an opportunity to link downtown Council Bluffs with downtown Omaha and all points in between. Roughly 30% of Council Bluffs residents live within a half mile of 1st Avenue. The corridor is lined with businesses along West Broadway, destinations such as Thomas Jefferson High School and Cochran Park, and numerous opportunities for mixed-use and multi-family residential redevelopment.

FIRST AVE” is an acronym that stands for Furthering Interconnections, Revitalization, Streetscapes, Transportation, and Aesthetics for a Vibrant Economy.  This webpage is where we post pertinent information and plans related to the efforts in this important corridor. Please contact us if you have any questions.


West Broadway Sub-Area Plan (adopted September 2014)

West Broadway Corridor Plan (adopted July 2015)

West Broadway Market Study (2015)

Preliminary mixed-use development plan for S. 34th St. and 2nd Ave. by Knudson Development,(Oct. 2019)


1st Avenue Transit Alternatives Analysis Stakeholder Presentation (Dec. 2019)

FIRST AVE Advisory Committee Meeting Presentation (Dec. 2019)

Brandon Garrett's - 1st Avenue Presentation to City Council (video)

Brandon Garrett's - 1st Avenue Presentation to City Council (PowerPoint Presentation)

1st Avenue Mobility Study (Pin-up Day 2 Concepts)

FIRST AVE Kick-off Meeting 

Zoning Codes

C-2/General Commercial District

CDO/Corridor Design Overlay

MCR/Mixed Commercial Residential District

Letter of support for MCR District from Greg Youell (Executive Director for MAPA)

Development Opportunities

Media Coverage

Press Release: FIRST AVE September 10, 2019

FOX 42 - 1st Avenue Trail Media Story 

KETV - 1st Avenue Trail Media Story

Daily NonPareil - 1st Avenue Corridor Improvements Media Story

KETV - Mixed-Use Development Media Story

Other Information


West Broadway Landscaping and Signage Assistance Program

West Broadway Reconstruction Plans

Five-Mile Radius Work Profile Report


West Broadway Corridor Plan - Media Stories




  1. Brandon Garrett

    Community Development Director
    Phone: (712) 256-6944

  2. Community Development

    Physical Address
    403 Willow Ave.
    Council Bluffs, IA 51503

    Mailing Address
    209 Pearl St.
    Council Bluffs, IA 51503

    Phone: (712) 328-4629
    Fax: (712) 328-4915