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Coralville approves River Landing plans

BY MICHELLE McCONNAUGHEY | JANUARY 26, 2011 7:10 AM

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Coralville city officials believe they are one step closer to the completion of the Iowa River Landing project.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, Coralville city councilors voted to unanimously approve two plans to move the project forward.

The River Landing will include the Antique Car Museum of Iowa, the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, the Johnson County Historical Society, and the River Bend; a new luxury commercial and residential complex.

The area will also include a new hotel and a $72 million, 167,000-square-foot University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics outpatient facility.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Alison Ames Galstad, the director of the Coralville Public Library, who attended the meeting. “The city is really taking advantage of the geography, and it’s productive property.”

The plans approved Tuesday include five commercial building lots, two outlots, and the platting for Iowa River Landing Place.

The location of the River Landing is near the junction of First Avenue and Interstate 80, which Galstad said, is a great location to bring in travelers for retail sales and entertainment.

Tuesday’s meeting included a public comment period, though few took advantage of it.

Property owner Daryl Thompson described her frustration to the city councilors.

“I’ve been hearing from my renters that there is action happening on my property,” she said.

Thompson owns property that will be apart of the future site of the Iowa River Landing. She said she has been uninformed with any updated information regarding her property and the project.

“I feel like there should be more communication between the council and the property owners of Coralville,” she said.

Aside from her frustration, she said, she couldn’t deny she was excited about Coralville and the progress it has made.

“I think they’re really trying to deal with the negative aspects head-on,” said Galstad. “Flooding is the obvious problem, but they’re really doing a lot to help avoid that.”


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