RDCFIC wrote:Here are a couple more progress photos of the future 5-story building going in on Washington Street next to Gabe's. Second story beginning to be added as of last Saturday. Already taller than the building that was there before.
RDCFIC wrote:In light of the loss of the Red Avocado house and other proposed developments, Iowa City is considering zoning changes for downtown and near-downtown neighborhoods to prevent to diversify development from being too much student-focused. A lot of the mixed-use building have nothing but 3, 4 an 5 bedroom apartments in them, which caters to students looking to split the rent. Parties, parking and preservation of the character of near-downtown neighborhoods are of primary concern, and they also wish to encourage building more townhouses, studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments to cater to young professionals and small families to live in and near downtown. I think this is a very good thing. The historic neighborhoods need to preserved as much as possible, and downtown ought to be a great mix of everybody, not overwhelmingly student-y (although it is unrealistic to think that it wont always be pretty student-y, with the U right across the street and intermingled with downtown). There are two sides of the coin: the U adds enormous vibrancy to the city and downtown in particular. Downtown probably wouldn't be half as cool if the U was far away from it. The flip side of the coin is 'how much is too much?' DT and nearby neighborhoods still ought to be preserved for historic purposes and also for a wider appeal than being nothing other than a college student village, homogenized from an architecture standpoint for the student population. Just some thoughts. Here is a link to the article:
The council Tuesday set a public hearing for March 20 to discuss a zoning amendment that would reduce the number of unrelated persons allowed to live within one dwelling unit to a maximum of three.
RDCFIC wrote:Not that much to see here just yet, but here is the start of the building going in at the site of the former Red Avocado house and the two other vintage houses that were torn down to make room for it (near the corner Washington and Van Buren St.)
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