IOWA CITY, Iowa - A new coalition hopes to halt a major redevelopment project in downtown Iowa City. The "Iowa Coalition Against The Shadow" hopes city council members will reconsider their early approval of a plan to build a 20-story building near the intersection of College and Gilbert Streets.
"We just want to be heard, so we're speaking out," said Jon Fogarty, a member of the coalition. "20 stories is out of scale."
The group is protesting developer Marc Moen's vision, the Chauncey, which calls for a movie theater and bowling alley below office and residential space.
"Marc Moen has never been elected to office, not even once, and he's transforming our entire town," said Rockne Cole, a vocal member for the coalition both in public and on the groups Facebook page. "(He's) one person that posses more power than the city council, the mayor and community groups."
The city council voted in favor of Moen's proposal at a meeting earlier this month. The $54 million dollar project is still in the planning phase and will go before the council before any ground is moved.
"We put all of our energy into making the best proposal we can, and finding what is best for the city," Moen said. "We've had huge support from the downtown business community, the city, the university and the community in general."
The Iowa Coalition Against The Shadow has planned a meeting for Monday night at the public library in downtown.