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Iowa City City Council authorizes vacant bar renewal

BY NICK HASSETT | JANUARY 23, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa City City Council voted 7-0 in Tuesday to renovate the vacant Field House bar for office and commercial use as part of its urban-renewal plan.

Councilor Jim Throgmorton expressed some concern about the proposed use of the space.

“I think we might be subsidizing too much Class A office space,” he said. “We need some way of assessing when we’ve achieved the proper amount of public support for the office space and get out of the way and leave it to the market.”

However, City Councilor Susan Mims thought developers would take the requirements for receiving funding into account.

“If [developers] don’t see demand for that space, then they have to come up with the money out of their own pocket,” she said.


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