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BY DI STAFF | MAY 16, 2014 5:00 AM

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Council eyes Riverfront amendments

A developing Iowa City district may be changing soon.

On May 20, the Iowa City City Council will vote on two resolutions relating to the Riverfront Crossing District.

The first resolution would be an amendment to the Downtown and Riverfront Crossings Comprehensive plan adding a section concerning affordable housing.

This amendment would allow benefits to be given to developers who include affordable housing units. These benefits could include allowing higher buildings and reducing density requirements.

The second resolution would establish the Riverfront Crossings form-based code.

The code would create a set of guidelines for development of new properties in Riverfront Crossings. The goals of the code are to ensure new buildings are located beneficially to help create a walkable and sustainable urban neighborhood.

— by Daniel Seidl

Businesses may be fined

Iowa City officials may give out civil penalties to various local businesses.

On May 20, the City Council will consider nine resolutions assessing civil penalties.

The first resolution would level a fine of $300 against CVS Pharmacy, 2425 Muscatine Avenue, on the charge of selling tobacco to a minor.

Happy Daze, 361 E. College St., would also receive a fine of $300 for selling tobacco to a minor.

The third and fourth fines would be against North Dodge Sinclair, 2153 ACT Circle, each for $300 for selling tobacco to a minor. Because this establishment has two infringements in a two-year period, it is also subject to either an additional $1,500 fine or a 30-day suspension of is tobacco license.

The fifth fine would be in the amount of $300 against the Den, 123 E. Washington Street, for selling tobacco to a minor. This would be the Den’s second fine within a two-year period, making it subject to either a $1,500 fine or a 30-day suspension of its tobacco license.

Gasby’s, 1310 S. Gilbert St., would get the sixth fine in the amount of $300 for selling tobacco to a minor. This is Gasby’s second charge in a two-year period, therefore leading to either a $1,500 fine or a 30-day license suspension.

The seventh and eighth fines would be against of the Convenience Store, 106 S. Linn St. These are the Convenience Store’s second and third charges in a two-year period, making it subject to either a $1,500 fine or a 30-day license suspension. For its third fine in this period, it could be subjected to both a $1,500 fine and a 30-day suspension.

Zombies, 316 E. Burlington St., is the ninth fine, of $300 fine. This would be Zombies’ second charge in a two-year period, subjecting it to either a $1,500 fine or a 30-day suspension of its license.

— by Daniel Seidl

City fees may go up

Iowa City residents may soon pay more for some city services.

The City Council will consider adopting two ordinances increasing service fees on May 20.

The first ordinance would increase solid-waste collection fees by 40 cents per month, effective July 1. The current waste fee is $11.40 per month, a 3.5 percent increase, which would total a $4.80 increase over one year. The new fee would generate an estimated $73,000 per year.

The second ordinance would increase the fee for water use by 5 percent in fiscal 2015 and an additional 5 percent in fiscal 2016. This would generate an estimated $408,392 in fiscal 2015 and $428,812 in fiscal 2016.

These fee increases would help account for a decrease in the city’s service funds in these two areas.

— by Daniel Seidl

Council to consider new shelter change

The new Iowa City animal shelter may soon become a reality.

On May 20, the Iowa City City Council will consider a resolution changing the date for receipt of bids for the Animal Care and Adoption Center project.

The bids were scheduled to be opened at 7 p.m. on June 3. The resolution would instead change the bids to be opened at 2:30 p.m. on June 5.

— by Daniel Seidl

Tobacco Bowl to close next week

An aroma of melted cheese will replace the smell of burnt cigarettes in the coming weeks.

The Tobacco Bowl, 111 S. Dubuque S., will close sometime next week, said owner Thomas Connolly. The café has been open for 25 years.

The business was initially set to close in mid-April but was set back after renovation plans were being sorted out with city officials.

In March, Connolly announced the business will undergo renovations and will be converted to a pizza parlor and video arcade. The establishment will have a new kitchen and emergency exit.

The closure resulted from complaints from neighboring business and apartment residents about smoke odors, as well as concerns about stricter indoor smoking regulations.

— by Rebecca Morin

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