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Iowa City Council takes steps toward offering TIF money for Lucky’s Market

IOWA CITY — The city council has approved the first step in providing tax increment finance assistance to a Colorado-based grocery store.

The Iowa City Council approved the first step in potentially offering $1.75 million in tax incre [...]

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Iowa City Council terminates The Wedge’s downtown lease

IOWA CITY — After six years of serving up pizza by the slice, the Wedge Downtown has closed its doors.

The Iowa City Council approved Tuesday 6-0, with council member Rick Dobyns absent, to terminate the lease for The Wedge, after of [...]

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New rec center in NW Cedar Rapids is on the way

CEDAR RAPIDS — No flood-recovery project in the city has had more twists and turns than replacing the flood-ruined and now-demolished Time Check Recreation Center.

Tuesday night the City Council unanimously agreed to steer another $1 [...]

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Cedar Rapids plans to spend $1.5 million more in LOST funds for northwest rec center

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council this week is slated to approve the spending of an additional $1.5 million in revenue from an earlier 1-percent local-option sales tax to help replace the flood-ruined and now-demolished Time Check Recreation [...]

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Former Cedar Rapids council member’s comments go on trial this week

CEDAR RAPIDS — Mayor Ron Corbett and members of the City Council are among a long list of people slated to testify this week in what will be a rare event in Iowa: A slander trial against an elected official.

Eight Linn County jurors w [...]

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City Circle Acting Company merging with Coralville Center for the Performing Arts

CORALVILLE — A City Council vote Tuesday cleared the way for a local acting company to merge with Coralville’s 3-year-old performing arts center.

The Coralville City Council unanimously approved the deal uniting the Coralville [...]

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North Liberty moving forward with special census

NORTH LIBERTY — The City Council has approved a special census that, when completed, could add hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to the city’s streets budget.

The council unanimously approved Tuesday plans to embark on [...]

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Indian Creek Nature Center wants 78 acres of city-owned land

CEDAR RAPIDS — Indian Creek nature center wants to acquire 78 acres of city land for free that it currently leases for $1 a year and has managed for the city since 1973.

John Myers, the center’s executive director, said Monday [...]

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Disease balancing act: Experts walk the line between informing and scaring the public

IOWA CITY — Television crews stalked a Dallas apartment last week where a man from Liberia became the first Ebola patient diagnosed on U.S. soil. National media outlets sent breaking news alerts Wednesday when that man — Thomas Eric Du [...]

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Cedar Rapids sells former parks office on 42nd Street NE

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council this week agreed to sell a city-owned office building at 3601 42nd St. NE that had housed the city’s Parks and Recreation Department and more recently, the city’s Information Technology Departme [...]

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Cedar Rapids council backs three TIF deals

CEDAR RAPIDS — Three tax increment financing or TIF incentives were endorsed this week by the City Council.

The projects that will benefit include The Hunter Companies’ project to build a $12 million office building for Berthel [...]

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City plans to extend exclusivity pact with casino investors

CEDAR RAPIDS — City officials haven’t given up on the Cedar Crossing Casino.

The City Council on Tuesday is slated to add two years to its five-year memorandum of understanding with casino investors and the non-profit aligned w [...]

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No council support for new Wal-Mart store in Cedar Rapids, mayor says

CEDAR RAPIDS — Fights over issues in Cedar Rapids require someone on the city council to be for something and someone to be against it, Mayor Ron Corbett said on Monday.

Corbett said he could not imagine a fight over Wal-Mart’s [...]

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Cedar Rapids police propose change to security camera ordinance

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Police Department is proposing an amendment to the city code which would require more businesses to have surveillance cameras.

Under the proposed amendment to Chapter 60A of the Municipal Code, business [...]

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Cedar Rapids parking permits to see rate hike

CEDAR RAPIDS — Monthly permit rates at several Cedar Rapids public parking facilities are set to increase beginning Jan. 1.

The increases, which range from $5 to $10 extra per month, will affect about three-quarters, or about 3,000, o [...]

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