Cedar Rapids gets key OK for flood plain projects

Published On: Aug 28 2012 08:18:23 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 28 2012 08:13:09 AM CDT
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -

Cedar Rapids has gotten state permission to make rule changes that could lead to redevelopment in four downtown historic or commercial areas in the 100-year flood plain.

Those areas are New Bohemia; Czech Village; the area directly across the Cedar River from downtown dubbed "West Village" or "Kingston Village" for now; and a proposed commercial corridor among Ellis Boulevard NW.

City Council member Don Karr told The Gazette that that the rule change will let the city redevelop without flood protection, "and then we're still looking for flood protection."

City flood recovery and reinvestment director Joe O'Hern says any redevelopment in the flood plain must follow the city's flood plain ordinance, which requires properties to be elevated a foot above the plain or protected in some other way.