Cedar Rapids

Downtown skywalk project comes back to haunt Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — State and federal transportation officials are telling the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization to make major changes in its operation or face the possible suspension of about $4-million in annual federal aid.

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Corbett recalls Mount Pleasant mayor’s murder

CEDAR RAPIDS — Many local elected officials in Iowa over age 50 remember the irate homeowner angry over a sewer backup who shot and killed Mount Pleasant Mayor Edd King and wounded two council members in 1986 at a City Council meeting.

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Could public-safety drones land in Cedar Rapids?

CEDAR RAPIDS — City Council member Justin Shields was the lone opposition in a 2007 Council vote that ended the 35-year run of the city’s fleet of police copters.

This week, Shields — who chairs the council’s Publ [...]

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Cedar Rapids gets first state check for flood protection

CEDAR RAPIDS — The check isn't in the mail. It's here.

The city of Cedar Rapids has received its first installment payment from the state of Iowa of what will be $264 million over as long as 20 years to help the city build a flood-pr [...]

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New site for Cedar Rapids rec center adds $500,000 to bill

CEDAR RAPIDS — Building a new city recreation facility to replace the flood-ruined Time-Check Recreation Center will cost a half-million dollars more than expected because of where the City Council decided to put it.

The reason: The l [...]

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Cedar Rapids council supports facade improvement, startup programs

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council has agreed to spend $100,000 on two new projects, $50,000 on a downtown facade-improvement program and the same amount to back an entrepreneurial start-up support venture.

In the facade fix-up initiativ [...]

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Linn sales-tax change makes for winners and losers

CEDAR RAPIDS — Getting voters to approve the 1 percent local-option sales tax in the metro area here has been no picnic.

When in place, though, the tax has delivered a pretty predictable, stable stream of annual income to cities in Li [...]

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Cedar Rapids will not move, take down I-380 speed cameras, officials say

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City of Cedar Rapids announced Thursday it won’t take down, move or turn off two speed cameras that the Iowa Department of Transportation says continue »

Flood protection takes steps at CRST site, amphitheater entrance

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council took two interesting steps Tuesday night for Cedar River flood protection.

In the first, the council agreed to an arrangement where CRST International Inc. will incorporate a flood wall and pump station [...]

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Cedar Rapids City Council to sort through latest incentive deals

CEDAR RAPIDS — Two high-profile development projects, one downtown and one in New Bohemia, apparently are going to cost city officials relatively more in incentives than they had expected.

On Tuesday, the developer of the Coventry Lof [...]

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Three downtown Cedar Rapids buildings in running for apartment funds

CEDAR RAPIDS — Three vacant or partially empty downtown buildings would turn into 76 apartments if their developers are picked to share in a statewide competition for $30 million in federal disaster assistance funding.

The developmen [...]

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Cedar Rapids, Marion moving ahead on Tower Terrace Road project

CEDAR RAPIDS — A proposed $9.65 million stretch of Tower Terrace Road — from Alburnett Road in Marion to Summerset Avenue NE, just west of C Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids — is taking another step toward reality.

City council [...]

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Sanitary sewer study could lead to hunt for illegal connections

CEDAR RAPIDS — Don't be surprised if a beefed-up home-inspection effort is in the offing to require homeowners to disconnect sump pumps and foundation drains that are illegally connected to the city's sanitary sewer system.

As part o [...]

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Smulekoff's to leave downtown Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — A downtown Cedar Rapids retail landmark will close its doors at the end of the year.

Rita Rasmussen, real estate service manager for the city of Cedar Rapid's Public Works Department, said the city will acquire Smuleko [...]

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Cedar Rapids council provides support for a disaster case manager

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council this week agreed to spend $6,100 to support the hiring of a disaster services case manager to help residents who in June sustained property damage from storms and flash flooding.

Linn Area Partners Acti [...]

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