Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MAY 10, 2013 5:00 AM

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The Iowa Coalition Against the Shadow and for a Square Deal has filed an appeal with the City Council. The hearing for CB5 with maximum height of 75-foot mid-rise apartment and commercial building at College and Gilbert will take place on May 14at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

A 75-foot height limit is 30 feet higher than the four-story apartment building on the downtown side of Gilbert Street. Why build a high rise adjacent to historic College Street? Keep the sunset visible from the people’s College Green Park.

Do you want the Farmers’ Market, Chauncey Swan Park, College Green Park, the Co-op, and Trinity Church dominated by a high rise? The council wants to give $14 million to subsidize another upscale Moen high rise for private profit. Just say NO. What gives with Moen? He just got $2.5 million for the high rise on the Pedestrian Mall in July 2012. How is Moen the “proven developer” when he can’t make his own down payment or finance his own apartment buildings?

Now through May 14 is our opportunity to communicate with the City Council directly to act in the bests interests of the community rather than a select few. This decision will be a turning point for the community and for flood-threatened New Pioneer Co-op. If we don’t write council@icgov.org or speak on May 14, we will only have ourselves to blame for Iowa City becoming boring 20th-century high rises shading three parks for eight months of the year.

Let’s be a sustainable community during this climate change. Let the Sun shine in Iowa City with mid-rise development in downtown and River Front Crossing.

Council can support energy sustainability and workforce housing with a TIF.

Lenora Peters
Iowa City resident

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