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BY DI STAFF | JUNE 18, 2014 5:00 AM

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Woman charged with theft

Authorities have accused a local woman of pocketing more than $1,000 at her job.

Latricia Winters, 39, was charged Dec. 9, 2013, with second-degree theft.

According to an Iowa City police complaint, Winters was employed by Creekside Market.

Between Dec. 9, 2013, and Jan. 27, Winters allegedly stole $1,411.36 while working as a cashier, the complaint said.

Winters reportedly admitted to voiding sales and pocketing the money provided by customers.

Second-degree theft is a Class-D felony.

— by Rebecca Morin

Council moves on Hieronymus deal

The Iowa City City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a second amendment for Hieronymus Square Associates to purchase a city-owned parcel situated near the Court Street Transportation Center and 301 S. Dubuque St.

City officials and developers with Hieronymus Square have until April 1, 2015, to come to a purchase agreement. A first agreement was originally set to be completed by June 10.

The extension comes as the Hieronymus Square officials await a decision by the University of Iowa to purchase land in or near downtown for a new UI Museum of Art. 

The land parcel is located south of Burlington Street in the city’s Riverfront Crossings District.

— by Paul Osgerby

Riverfront Crossings business seeing a facelift

The city of Iowa City will foot the bill for streetscape and storm-sewer improvements for a new MidWestOne Bank Home Mortgage Center.

Mayor Matt Hayek signed an agreement for storm-sewer and streetscape upgrades for the bank’s new building on Harrison Street, adjacent to the Iowa City Post Office in the Riverfront Crossings District.

In turn, MidWestOne is responsible to complete new streetscape improvements for the building and is responsible for future maintenance.

Each project is estimated to cost approximately $50,000.

— by Paul Osgerby

Council OKs rezoning in Riverfront Crossings

The site of a former Iowa City car dealership may soon become a new 96-unit apartment building.

The City Council voted unanimously to approve the rezoning of the former Hartwig Motors property, 629 S. Riverside Drive, on Tuesday.

Emrico Properties LLC plans to develop a new 96-unit apartment building on the site, according to a zoning application.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Department approved the motion to rezone the property at a June 5 meeting.

The property was previously the commercial space for Hartwig Motors, which has since been acquired by the Deery Brothers Dealership.

Riverfront Crossings is bordered roughly by Riverside Drive to the west, Gilbert Street/Van Buren Street on the east, Highway 6 to the south, and Burlington Street to the north.

— by Paul Osgerby

Iowa City approves first state preserve

Iowa City’s first state preserve has been given a stamp of unanimous approval by the City Council.

The council voted 7-0 to dedicate a portion of the Ryerson Woods Park a state preserve — marking the first time in the city’s history that a local park was named a preserve.

Approximately 49 acres of the park land, located south of the Johnson County Fairgrounds on Old Highway 218, is now restricted for development.

The city’s designation as a state preserve means that the state of Iowa will hold the property in trust.

The Department of Natural Resource approved the state-preserve plan earlier this year.

The park will now be known as Ryerson Woods State Preserve.

— by Quentin Misiag

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