City grows buildings as Iowa grows corn


The tall, steel-and-glass building sitting on the Pedestrian Mall — Park@201 — won’t be the only of its kind in Iowa City.

Several projects around town will mix the city’s classic buildings with new work and apartment space.

Riverfront Crossings

The Riverfront Crossings District is an area south of downtown.

It will feature a waterfront park, located in the location of a former wastewater-treatment plan.

The park is designed to mitigate flood damage, and it will have walking and biking trails, in addition to access to the Iowa River for boating and fishing.

New business will also move to the district. MidWestOne Bank, which has its headquarters in downtown Iowa City, is building a new facilty in the district that will house the MidWestOne Financial Group in addition to office space that will be leased or put up for sale.

A parking ramp and condominium will also be built in the area.

The UI’s new Voxman Music Building will be located in the Riverfront Crossings district, at the intersection of Burlington and Clinton Streets.

North Side Neighborhood

Just because it’s historic doesn’t mean the North Side isn’t growing.

Earlier this year, a restaurant opened up at the corner of Linn and Market Streets. The North Side Bistro, 203 N. Linn St., features dishes that influenced by world flavors. 

In addition, shops are moving to the historic district. Domby, a local boutique formerly located in downtown Iowa City, moved to North Linn Street as well. 

A residential and commercial building is also under construction. The building will have 12 apartments and a rooftop garden.

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