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BY DI STAFF | MARCH 24, 2015 5:00 AM

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Hotel ordinances pass

The Iowa City City Council voted 6-1, with Councilor Jim Throgmorton opposed, to allow the construction of a new Hilton Garden Inn hotel at 328 S. Clinton St.

The 12-story, 144-room hotel will have meeting and conference space, a restaurant, and a rooftop food and beverage garden. The new hotel will be located directly south of the new Voxman Music Building.

Throgmorton thought that more discussion could be had regarding the financing of the hotel.

The City Council also voted 6-1, with Throgmorton dissenting, to approve a rebate to the developer of the hotel in the form of a portion of hotel-motel tax derived from the new hotel.

This resolution allows for half of the new hotel-motel tax generated by the hotel to be rebated to the developer. The remainder would be distributed in the same way as the taxes collected from all other lodging properties in Iowa City.

Council defers vote on Leepfrog

The city councilors deferred providing indication they have no objection to Leepfrog Technologies expanding into Coralville. 

Leepfrog, an academic software developer, recently submitted a request for financial assistance from the state of Iowa and the city of Coralville. Coralville indicated the state asked for a letter from the city of Iowa City indicating it had no objection to Leepfrog’s expansion.

Leepfrog has operated in Iowa City since 1994. The council chose to defer due to questions regarding state law on the issue.

— by Bill Cooney

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