Cupcakes, Condos & Clothes to Fill Iowa River Landing
By Jill Kasparie, Reporter
CORALVILLE, Iowa – More pieces of the Iowa River Landing puzzle are fitting into place.
"It's my privilege to welcome you here for this momentous occasion,” said Mayor Jim Fausett.
Monday afternoon, the city announced the beginning of more than $30 million worth of new construction. Crews aren't wasting any time getting started. They are already moving dirt.
"Today (Monday) is about telling people that we are under construction,” said Deanna Trumbull with the city’s development consulting firm, Trumbull Consulting. “We have started the construction of our retail buildings that are running along Second Avenue here outside the clinic.”
The retail buildings will be called Main Street at the Iowa River Landing. It will consist of two-story buildings with retail on the ground floor and commercial space above, anchored by Von Maur.
Developers also announced a new residential building, with dozens of condominiums. Residents will have their choice between one and two bedroom units for sale or rent.
"They are going to be really nice, four stories,” said Developer Gary Watts.
The residential building with the condos and townhomes is set to open in the spring of 2015.
Here's the icing on the cake.
The city also announced Scratch Cupcakery, based out of Cedar Falls, is setting up shop in the district. The owner, Natalie Brown, said this would be her fourth location in Iowa. Scratch Cupcakery plans to hire about 40 part-time workers and plans to open in June.
"We started the very first Scratch Store with 600 square feet and seven staffers and that was it,” Brown said. Now we know what we need to do and we love being able to employ,” Brown said.
Consultants also announced that Jos. A Bank, a nation-wide men's clothing chain, will open within Iowa River Landing. These projects come after a slew of other projects that are in the works. Von Maur is set to open this summer and Homewood Suites by Hilton just opened weeks ago.
"We're moving right along as you can see from everything that has happened so far,” Mayor Fausett said.
The city’s consulting firm said it plans to have another announcement ready within about a month. Many are interested to see what else will fill the empty spaces in the Iowa River Landing.
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