Cedar Rapids Seeks New Proposals for A&W Property on Ellis Boulevard

By Rick Smith, Reporter

The Ellis A&W restaurant, 1136 Ellis Blvd. NW, remains untouched at the corner of Ellis Boulevard NW and K Avenue NW in the heart of the Time Check neighborhood after the June 2008 flood on May 18, 2009. Owner Doug Ward plans to find another home for his restaurant - away from the Cedar River. Cedar Rapids Assessor Scott Labus said the city lost about $70 million in commercial valuation because of last year’s flooding as well as $11 million in industrial and $138 million in residential valuation. Janet Rorholm/EdgeBusiness

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The flood-damaged, former A&W Family Restaurant on Ellis Boulevard NW is back in play.

The city of Cedar Rapids on Friday said it is seeking proposals from developers who want to redevelop the A&W property at 1126 and 1132 Ellis Blvd. NW.

Proposals are due at City Hall by 11 a.m. June 10. Interested parties can attend a meeting at 4 p.m. on May 1 at City Hall to discuss the property.

The City Council had agreed to work with local developer Baron Stark, who planned to renovate the A&W and reopen it as an A&W. However, Stark missed a deadline this week to gain financing for the project, and the city terminated its arrangement with him and the property.

Those with questions can call the city’s Community Development Department at 286-5041.

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