ALICE’S CORRIDOR: Name Change For Waukee Development

We will learn more Wednesday about a big development project in Waukee. It’s currently known as the Alice’s Corridor Project but city leaders are changing that name.

“I think it’s important that you have a named area where people start identifying with because then as this thing develops people will start developing with it.” Mayor Bill Peard said.

The 1,500 acre space between University Avenue and the Interstate-80 interchange will be a mixture of homes, stores and restaurants and will serve as Waukee’s town center.

However, Alice’s Road, the road the town center will sit on, is named after Alice Nezzi. Decades ago, Nezzi owned Alice’s Spaghetti Land when the town was still developing. City leaders say they want to change the name of Alice’s Road because it doesn’t fit with the theme of the new town center.

Some feel if the name is changed, the history of the road will be lost.

“I really would like to keep the name Alice’s Road because that is the history of Waukee, well part of the history of Waukee, and I’m afraid that once the name is gone everyone is going to forget everything about it,” Terry Snyder with Waukee Historical Society said.

The name reveal will be held at Waukee High School from 3-5 p.m. City planners say the project will be finished in late 2015.

9 comments

  • Local Boy

    Why does Waukee have to change the name of Alice’s Road? Is everything for sale? We seem to be changing the name on everything in central Iowa. But what does the mayor of Waukee know he lives on the Waukee side of West Des Moines anyway.

    P.S. Alice’s last name was spelled Nizzi. Get a clue due your home work.

  • Local girl

    Why not keep the name Alice’s Rd on the stretch of road that ran by the restaurant, and change the rest? Boone Dr and 152nd seem to be surviving that way. Local boy should probably DO his homework too!

  • Grew up in Waukee

    Bill Peard is an ignorant fool. You think the people of Waukee can’t grow with the knowledge of their rich history?? This is a horrible decision. One that will Waukee as bland and vanilla as city leaders are striving for.

  • Paul Clark

    It should stay Alice’s Road, of course, but too many people now have their hand in the pot. They will change it to something terribly bland and cliche like Prairie Wind Parkway. Has no meaning, character or personality – perfect for a suburb.

  • Bern

    Stating that residents won’t develop along with the “new town center” simply because the name of a road isn’t “brand consistent”, is an idiotic justification for this obviously selfish act. I’m sure that if it were named Peard Pkwy all these years, Bill would find some way to connect that name with the community’s desire to grow. Come on Mr. Mayor, show some respect.

  • Rose Denny

    I am sick from hearing you are changing Alice’s Road….It has been Alice’s Road all my life & I’m 51…Alice Nizzi left a legacy in Waukee. You state you want to rename the corridor so people will remember it….Everyone who is from Waukee or ever visited Alice’s Spaghettiland will tell you they remember it as Alice’s Road. To take away the honor that was bestowed on a woman who was made famous in a small town by her famous sauce, fried chicken & Italian salad is a disgrace to the town of Waukee. I personally will not frequent any stores/restaurants, etc. in the ‘new’ name as it’s a dishonor to a fabulous woman. This Mayor cannot be from Waukee. If he was, he wouldn’t consider this change. It’s a disgrace to the town.

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