Stop Overdevelopment on the North Side
  • Petitioned The City of Iowa City

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The City of Iowa City

Stop Overdevelopment on the North Side

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    2. Petition by

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      Iowa City, IA

This rezoning request would permit the building of a 3-story apartment/commercial building. The building’s size, height, and residential density are incompatible with the residential character of the Northside neighborhood and the “Main Street” commercial character of Northside Marketplace as well as with the City's downtown development plan and the wishes of the Northside Neighborhood Association.

We SUPPORT development that preserves the scale and land use characteristics of Northside Marketplace’s commercial district: small, owner-occupied buildings with ground floor commercial establishments and a second story of residential use.

This neighborhood is an asset to the Iowa City community, the Iowa City business community, and the Iowa City literary community, as well as home to landmark businesses Hamburg Inn, Oasis Falafel, Home Ec., Murphy-Brookfield Books, and many more. As a patron of these establishments, a person who has enjoyed this neighborhood, and/or a visitor intending to come to Iowa City and experience the character of the Northside Neighborhood, I object to the proposed zoning change and suggest instead a zoning code of RNS-12 or CN-1 to maintain the character of the area.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Allen Homes withdraws Northside project proposal

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      by N S
      Petition Organizer

      Plans for the multistory development addressed in this petition have been placed "on hold."

      We are still concerned about the fate of the Red Avocado but pleased that there will now be an opportunity to examine development that would transition better between the business street and residential streets and add to the street in a way all our neighbors and friends could agree would be beneficial and in harmony with the character of the Northside neighborhood.

      If you have not yet signed the petition for the Red Avocado, please do so. I am aware of a few discussions going on about possible ways to help the restaurant and will post any firm news at that petition's page.

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    • Kent williams IOWA CITY, IA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I would fully support development on that block consistent with the existing neighborhood. I don't believe the proposed development would be.

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    • Stan Ziewacz IOWA CITY, IA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm signing to ask the City Council to respect the current zoning. The Washington St. demolition is sad but as planner Karen Howard said of that project “They have the right to build what the zoning allows." It seems that in the Bloomington and Linn case they do not have the right to build what zoning disallows. This apartment complex is currently not allowed. Do not change the rules.

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    • Kristy Hartsgrove IOWA CITY, IA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I LOVE the atmosphere of the Northside. I appreciate that change and progress are good, but I do not think that this change represents a positive step for this part of the community.

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    • Lisa Martincik IOWA CITY, IA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Plenty of places in Iowa City could use some redevelopment. This is not one of them. Please preserve our Northside!

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    • monika martin IOWA CITY, IA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am tired of everything being linked to making more tax dollars for the city and lining greedy developers pockebooks at the cost of tearing away the character our town. At what point does this stop? This gives me a heavy heart. It is disappointing that this could be allowed by the council.

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