Coralville Hopes to Get Brew Pub in Iowa River Landing

By Gregg Hennigan, Reporter

A view of Coralville's Iowa River Landing district from the air, with the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at the bottom. (Courtesy of Shive-Hattery.)

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CORALVILL, Iowa – Coralville plans to amend its city code to help attract a brewery to the Iowa River Landing district.

The city has received a couple of inquiries from breweries and brew pubs, in which beer is made on site, but there are no immediate plans for one to open, City Administrator Kelly Hayworth said.

“Our hope is one of them comes to fruition because I think it would be a good use” in the Iowa River Landing, he said.

But city code was unclear how such businesses would fit in terms of zoning, so the City Council is scheduled to have a public hearing Tuesday on an ordinance that would allow beer making for wholesale or retail sales of more than 650 gallons per day as long as it is sold to members of the public.

Such activities would be allowed in C-2 arterial commercial districts, of which Iowa River Landing is an example. A major redevelopment is planned for the 150-acre area, southeast of the Interstate 80-First Avenue interchange, with plans calling for upscale shopping, entertainment venues, restaurants and commercial space.

Coralville does not currently have any breweries, Hayworth said.

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