DMRyan wrote: Once again, while we're planning and discussing the next Dunkin Donuts' and Panda Express location in Des Moines, the Iowa City area is continuing to assert itself as the metro with the most progress in the state.
The University of Iowa expects to bid $900 million in construction over the next 18 months. The work could last up to five years. Itâ€™s â€œa level of work creation never before seen in Iowa at one location,â€ says Rod Lehnertz, director of UIâ€™s planning, design and construction.
The university will spend about $20 million a month on construction projects, such as replacing Hancher Auditorium, a $130 million project, and UIâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Hospital, a $180 million project. Lehnertz said the university volume is nearly three times its typical spending.
And that list doesnâ€™t include projects already under way like the $133 million Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building.
GoVerticalDSM wrote:No question that Iowa City has their own version of John Ruan that is making things happen downtown. We could use some of that vision, again.
GoVerticalDSM wrote:There is also a lot of gov't money flowing in from the flood out in E Iowa, some of it is being used for what it should be, protection from future flooding, but a large amount is being used for things that are curious, at best.
Westsider wrote:GoVerticalDSM wrote:There is also a lot of gov't money flowing in from the flood out in E Iowa, some of it is being used for what it should be, protection from future flooding, but a large amount is being used for things that are curious, at best.
Could you explain what you mean by "curious" or give an example or two?
Right, blockade 'em at Grinnell.GoVertical seems to have a "issue" with eastern Iowa.
GoVerticalDSM wrote:Right, blockade 'em at Grinnell.GoVertical seems to have a "issue" with eastern Iowa.
What I have an issue with is using the flood as a scam to get all kinds of goodies you couldn't compete for in the VisionIowa process. This has nothing to do with IC.
It is the public sector equivalent of insurance fraud. Using taxpayer flood recovery money to build a convention center that wasn't even there to be flooded in the first place. Scamming more money to build a new library when the current could and is being restored for something else. I think it is more a case of "DM has a new library, let's use the flood to scam a new one to keep up with them," nevermind the fact that the current one could have been restored for far less $. I heard it is being restored for something.
No problem, taxpayers will foot the bill because we are "victims." Milk it for what its worth. That's why we have this enormous debt. Now they are crying for money for "flood protection." Should have thought about that 2 years ago when they were scamming all these freebies.
Call names or whatever, but next time your dishwasher floods and ruins your kitchen floor, try to get your insurance company to foot the bill for a new addition to your house while you're at it. See how far that gets you.
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