Hiawatha City Council to Discuss Downtown Project

HIAWATHA, Iowa - Hiawatha residents will have chance to voice their concerns tonight about a downtown corridor project.

The City Council is considering a plan to rezone part of north Center Point Road. It's an effort to give Hiawatha more of a downtown area as the city looks to the future.

The proposal would create three new zoning districts along Center Point Road, between Blairs Ferry and Boyson Roads. Each district would have its own set of rules and regulations for the business types it would allow.

Dozens of people are expected to be at Wednesday night's city council meeting to voice their opposition of the new zoning plan. Many of them will be representing Neon Dragon Tattoo. The business has created a petition after hearing of the new zoning ordinance.

Tattoo shops are one business that will not be allowed in any of the three zoning areas. In coming years, the building containing Neon Dragon Tattoo's business will be torn down as part of a construction plan for Center Point Road. So, that has the long-time business wondering where they'll set up shop along this newly developed corridor area.

The city says they are not running the tattoo parlor out of town in any way. One council member says there are plenty of other places outside of this zoning area. They just want this new city core to have a unique feel to it attracting people and businesses.

Tune into the KCRG-TV9 News at 10 for much more on the plan and the debate.
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