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Third and Final Open House for College District Action Plan

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The City of Cedar Rapids will hold its third and final open house on the College District Action Plan on Thursday, June 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Mount Mercy University’s Basile Hall (1330 Elmhurst Drive SE). The format is open house style; residents can come at their convenience. Parking is available off Prairie Drive NE; view a campus map: https://www.mtmercy.edu/sites/default/files/uploads/mmu_campus_map_revised.pdf

Since last year, City staff have been working with stakeholders to review the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for the area that encompasses Mount Mercy University, the Irish District, Coe College, and the Mound View Neighborhood Association. Residents, business owners, and students have provided feedback on their goals and priorities through workshops, stakeholder meetings, online surveys, and public open houses.

On June 21, attendees will have the opportunity to review the public feedback received to date, see recommended zoning changes in the College District, and learn more about implementation on various improvements.

Zoning changes could help encourage additional development interest, provide a framework for neighborhood aesthetics, and encourage additional mixed-use opportunities.

Additional measures outlined in the plan include examining existing street lighting for potential improvements, education to homeowners on property maintenance, and exploring infrastructure changes to the Coe Road / College Drive intersection with E Avenue.

Final approval of the plan is expected this fall.

The College District Action Plan follows similar planning initiatives already underway, including the Mt. Vernon Road Corridor Action Plan and the Northwest Neighborhood Area Action Plan. These plans take the concepts identified from the City’s comprehensive plan, EnvisionCR, and develop action steps and goals tailored to a specific geographic region.

Learn more: www.cityofcr.com/collegedistrict.

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