This well traveled commercial corridor is the primary route from the North end of Dubuque and enjoys high-visibility. The buildings along Central Ave provide a core set of physical assets that could be revitalized to create a vibrant business district. The Washington Neighborhood has been a major focus for reinvestment in the City of Dubuque since 2009.
The Washington Neighborhood has been a major focus for reinvestment efforts by the City of Dubuque. The neighborhoods historic buildings, central location and wide range of housing stock provide key assets to build upon. The neighborhood is in the center of Dubuque's urban core and borders the Historic Millwork District, Bee Branch Creek, North End District and Downtown. Many public, private and civic efforts have coalesced during recent years to address community needs and emphasized physical infrastructure with new developments such as Prescott School and the restoration of Washington Court Apartments, Engine House No. I, White Street Condominiums and the Washington Neighborhood Rowhouses. From 2005 to 2012, the City has invested $9 million in the Washington Neighborhood, leveraging over $12 million in private investment and over $13 million in other government investments.
The Central Avenue corridor is predominantly a mix of commercial storefronts and upper story residential. The historic Central Avenue corridor serves as the neighborhood’s primary business corridor with a variety of retail and service businesses, professional offices as well as vacancies. Located within the project area is the Upper Central Avenue Commercial Historic District. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. The district is a well preserved and excellent example of Dubuque's commercial architecture, dating from the latter half of the Nineteenth and the first decade of the Twentieth centuries. Collectively, this range of architectural examples represents the largest, the most ornate and best preserved commercial buildings in downtown Dubuque.