City of Cedar Rapids Accepting Proposals for Kingston Village Development

By Heather Hubbs, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The City of Cedar Rapids wants to encourage more revitalization in the Kingston Village Neighborhood, and officials are taking proposals to redevelop vacant city properties.

There are three city owned properties up for sale in the 200 block of Third Avenue SW. While there was once a building on that land, it is now a large empty lot. The city is hoping someone will buy all three lots and turn them into one development.

Ideally, the city is looking for a mixed-use project that would include retail, office space and multi-family housing. They want to see a project that will spur further revitalization in the area. But, the Director of Community Development and Planning adds, they are open to all ideas.

"Really it is to make sure it's still vital, it's still sustainable," said Gary Krase, Director of Community Development and Planning for the City of Cedar Rapids, "that we're able to create new development that doesn't take away from existing neighborhood, that it adds to the existing neighborhood,"

The city is holding an information session Wednesday afternoon for those interested in submitting a proposal. The meeting starts at 3 p.m. in City Hall.

The deadline to submit a proposal to the city is April 25.
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