Development a key highlight of Cedar Rapids State of the City

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Prosperity was a key focus of Mayor Brad Hart's State of the City address Wednesday.

An artist's illustration of the Heart of America Group conversion of the old downtown Guaranty Bank to a hospitality hub with two hotels and an upscale restaurant.

Hart highlighted key projects currently under construction or in the planning stages. That includes the United Fire Group renovation and new high-rise in downtown, Collins Community Credit Union's new headquarters off Blairs Ferry Road NE, and plans for 2 new downtown hotels at the site of the Guaranty Bank building.

Hart also hinted at big developments coming soon for the city's Super Park and Big Cedar Mega Parks - two construction ready industrial parks near the Cedar Rapids airport.

"I firmly believe it's just a matter of time - it's not if but when - new businesses and businesses expand in those areas," Mayor Hart said.

Hart also noted the city is close to picking a firm to develop the land once set aside for a downtown casino - now known as first by first west.