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IOWA CITY - CEDAR RAPIDS | Development Thread

Development update thread for the biggest little city in the Big 10. Iowa City is a small, but rapidly growing metro of just ~165,000, but is having one incredible development boom. It's sits 30 minutes south of Cedar Rapids, and the two metros are collectively called "The Corridor", with a combined population near 430,000 people.

The city experienced flood damage in 2008, and the University has been busy rebuilding facilities ever since.

The skyline and downtown is quite small, but there are some notable additions on the way. There is a second skyline for the U of I Hospital facility.






Downtown Projects:

228 E. Court Street


The Chauncey




316 Madison Street


Park@201


Riverfront Crossings




Downtown East


Hilton Garden Inn


Dubuque Street Townhomes


Jefferson Building Renovation


Midwest One Bank Support Center




Northside Commons


5Lincoln


Washington & Van Buren


South Riverside


[img]229 S. Dubuque Street:


Riverfront Crossings:




Riverside Drive:


University Heights






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University of Iowa Projects:

Children's Hospital




West Campus Dorms


Madison Street Dorms




Biomedical Research Facility


Hancher Auditorium




Pharmacy Building


Engineering Building


School of Music


Visual Arts Building
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Coralville, Iowa City's largest suburb

Coralville Downtown Mixed-Use


Iowa River Landing










Coralville Arena




Coralville Old Town


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And now on to Cedar Rapids, which is about 25 minutes up the road from Iowa City. Cedar Rapids is a separate metro area with about 270,000 people in the metro, and had a relatively diverse economy, but is still predominantly an industrial city.





CRST Tower








400 SW 1st Street


Kingston Commons Condos


Village Lofts




Renovation of the Mott Warehouse


The NewBo Station mixed-use project under construction in Cedar Rapids' booming New Bohemia district.











And this project called The Depot just started construction:





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Very nice!! Looks like runaway development for Iowa City. I wouldn't be surprised to see that city to hit 100k by 2030.
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Wow!! Those two eastern Iowa cities are really booming! My mom's side of the family is from just a ways south of Iowa City and if I didn't drive back or ride Amtrak to either Mount Pleasent or Burlington I would fly into Cedar Rapids.

Nice update!
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Huge news out of Cedar Rapids today. The City issued an RFP for a surface parking lot downtown, and looked what they got back. A 28 story highrise apartment building that also has a grocery store and a hotel component. This is one of 3 proposals, but is by far the most sexy.



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I'm surprised how developed Iowa City is already. Any more aerials?
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That's a lot of high quality development for Iowa City, what's causing it to boom?
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Update on the CRST Tower in Cedar Rapids.








And conceptual plans for a new park. That hillside in the background is affectionately dubbed "Mt. Trashmore", since it was a former city dump site that's been capped to allow a new park to be constructed. Plans could include a winter sports park, ziplines, etc.





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That's a lot of high quality development for Iowa City, what's causing it to boom?
I'm sure it has a lot to do with the fact that it's home to The University of Iowa. College towns, especially here in the Midwest seem to do fairly well. Ames IA, (Iowa State), Columbia MO, (U. of Missouri), Lawrence KS, (U. of Kansas), Manhattan KS, (K-State), Lincoln NB, (U. of Nebraska), have lately experienced a ton of growth.
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Question: Would any of youse guys mind if the scope of this thread were expanded to encompass urban developments in all of Iowa's cities (minus perhaps their share of the Omaha and Quad Cities metros)? I feel like Iowa has a lot of small and medium-sized cities that can drive a stronger thread collectively than individually.
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A new pencil-thin 14 story apartment building proposal right in the heart of downtown Iowa City on the site of a small commercial building that burned down and was demolished. This project will have 72 apartment units.

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In Cedar Rapids, the Metropolitan project (shown in renderings above) is coming along nicely.

Cedar Rapids

The Metropolitan project is well underway. Here's the progress on this one.



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Here is an early rendering for a new 10-story office annex to be built by United Insurance Group. The building shown on the left is existing.





And more progress on The Metropolitan
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The Madison Street Residence Hall has now topped out.





Also, these renderings were posted above, but both projects have now started construction.

228 E. Court Street


316 Madison Avenue
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And some views from the top:






Iowa City

Elevator cores to the 7th or so story on the 12 story Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Iowa City


And a new project called the Whistler Apartments


And here's a new rendering for a mixed use project in the Iowa City suburb of Coralville, which is getting some fairly decent density going in several parts of town.





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Question: Would any of youse guys mind if the scope of this thread were expanded to encompass urban developments in all of Iowa's cities (minus perhaps their share of the Omaha and Quad Cities metros)? I feel like Iowa has a lot of small and medium-sized cities that can drive a stronger thread collectively than individually.
I'm ok with it. Can we merge any threads please?
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That would be great! I lived in Marshalltown for 8 years and there was a decent amount of construction, but that was before the recession years. The whole town looked kinda dead during those years.
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Some Iowa City updates.

Hilton Garden Inn


Madison Street Residence Hall


Construction has started on what is now called RISE at Riverfront Crossings





Another apartment project in the Riverfront Crossings Neighborhood


Some incredible architecture coming out of Iowa City. Below are a few University of Iowa projects, some are replacement buildings that were flood damaged in 2008 that are just now getting wrapped up.

Hancher Auditorium






Arts Building






School of Music


Pharmacy School


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