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.