UPDATED 10 p.m. with statement from Cargill Residents opposed to Cargill constructing an industrial railyard in a prairie pollinator zone in their Cedar Rapids neighborhood were unfairly denied a hearing, according to the Iowa Court of Appeals. The court ordered in its Nov. 23, 2021, opinion that plaintiffs Rob and Kate Hogg and neighboring homeowners […]
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Cedar Rapids City Council legacy: sacrif...
By Cindy Hadish CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Mayor Brad Hart wished everyone “happy holidays” at the end of a 3-hour City Council meeting. Hart might have an easier time achieving that than the residents of the Rompot/Prairie Park Fishery neighborhood, where the council had just approved rezoning to allow ag giant Cargill to build a […]
Neighbors say truth on their side, as Ce...
By Cindy Hadish CEDAR RAPIDS — If all goes according to schedule, residents in southeast Cedar Rapids will share Thanksgiving next year with their new neighbor: a 12-track, 200-car industrial railyard. After hearing more than 3 hours of public comment — with many opposed to the railyard — the City Council voted unanimously to amend […]
Neighbors: Cedar Rapids “held hostage” b
By Cindy Hadish CEDAR RAPIDS — Ignoring concerns voiced during a nearly 4-hour meeting, the City Planning Commission sided with Cargill’s plans to build an industrial railyard in a quiet southeast Cedar Rapids neighborhood. The commission voted 4-3 to amend the Cedar Rapids future land use map from urban low intensity to urban high intensity […]
Brakes applied to Cargill railyard plans...
UPDATED: Aug. 28, 2019, with statement from Cargill. By Cindy Hadish CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council put the brakes on Cargill’s plan to build a railyard next to a nature corridor in a southeast Cedar Rapids residential neighborhood, at least for now. After more than 20 people spoke against the proposal during a public […]