An old abandoned building across the river from downtown Cedar Rapids will soon have new life.
Developer Paul Brundell is renovating the former A&P Supermarket at 222 Third Ave. SW to make way for Kieck’s Career Apparel and Uniforms. The retailer will move from its current location at 2323 Mt. Vernon Road SE and lease the space.
The 7,600-square-foot building, which housed Barron Motor Supply before the 2008 flood, is almost double the size of Kieck's current location, said Brundell, principal with OPC Allan Investments. The new site also will house offices for Allan Custom Homes and Allan Development Co.
Kieck's Career Apparel and Uniforms is a full service uniform and career apparel store, providing uniforms for policemen, firemen, public safety workers, transportation workers, hospital employees, housekeepers and food service employees.
Kieck's, which has moved several times over the years following the 2008 Flood, has been in business since 1954.
"I think people have lost track of where Kieck's has moved to," Brundell said.
Renovations at the Kingston Village site will include raising the floor a foot above the 100-year floodplain, structural repairs, new water and sewer service, and adding energy efficient features such as high performance windows and doors as well as LED lighting.
Brundell also will add an electric car charging station and bike racks, he said.
Kingston Village was created and named a viable business district in June by the Cedar Rapids City Council. The district is bounded by the Cedar River on the east, Interstate 380 and First Avenue West on the north, Sixth Street on the west and Eighth Avenue SW to the south.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board in August awarded the project $246,949 in tax credits.
The Brownfield and Grayfield Redevelopment Tax Credit program provides tax incentives to promote expansion or redevelopment at abandoned or underused industrial or commercial properties with real or perceived environmental contamination as well as to developed properties with outdated infrastructure in place.
Brundell purchased the building from the city last week. "It was totally gutted from the flood," he said.Brundell hopes to have the needed permits by week's end and start construction in early February, with plans to complete renovations by the summer.