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City of Dubuque Spends $370, 000 on Public Restroom Project

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Some tax-payers in Dubuque are feeling sticker shock after learning the city of Dubuque is paying nearly $370,000 to build a public restroom.

The new building will sit just steps away from Dubuque's historic Cable Car Square. Construction is already underway on the project near the corner of West 5th and Bluff Streets.

The project is taking place so that buildings near the square will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new public bathroom will fix that, but the city says building one that fits into the historic neighborhood isn't cheap.

The city says the all brick building is designed to blend in with the historic neighborhood. But the cost of those brick adds up.

Salt Lake City studied the cost of building a restroom similar to the one Dubuque is building. That found costs ranging from $150,000 - $350,000.

The biggest reason for the cost difference was the material used to build it. City leaders in New York City built a public restroom that cost more than $2 million.

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