Ames City Council voices continued support in favor of Healthy Life Center


At-large Rep. Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen on June 18 at an Ames City Council meeting.

Jacob Smith

The Ames City Council held a meeting Tuesday evening in which they reiterated their support for the Healthy Life Center, tabled a request from Iowa State to embrace the Principles of Community and planned to continue construction of the Collaborative Place building within the Research Park.

The council unanimously adopted a resolution where they outlined their support for the Healthy Life Center to the public. 

The council “is committed to creating a one-of-a-kind Healthy Life Center that will help in making the life-long goal of healthy living accessible and enjoyable to people of all ages and socio-economic status in Ames and Story County,” as stated in the resolution.

Informational meetings about the Healthy Life Center will be held 4 p.m. Thursday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. All meetings will be in the Ames Public Library.

Additionally, the council tabled a request from Iowa State to co-brand the Principles of Community in hopes to continue the discussion with the university and build upon.

The council was concerned with the wording of the principles being too student oriented.

“I’d like to see those principles incorporate the city in some way,” said Gloria Betcher, 1st Ward.

All council members voiced their support in the spirit of the principles but hoped to continue discussions on how to expand upon the principles to incorporate the city.

Finally, the council voted on a preliminary plat for the Research Park at Iowa State University.

The preliminary plat “creates six lots and one outlot for future development,” as stated in the resolution. These lots will be for the construction of Collaboration Place with an outlot south of Collaboration Place for future development.

All of Ames City Council’s meeting schedules and agendas can be found on their website.