Cedar Rapids rec center replacement plans nixed

Published On: Dec 05 2012 07:29:47 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2012 07:29:00 AM CST

Regional officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency have again rejected helping Cedar Rapids build a $3 million recreation center in in a 100-year flood plain.

The City Council heard the bad news during a teleconference call Tuesday with FEMA officials in Kansas City, Mo. FEMA earlier had rejected the council's plans for replacing the Time Check Recreation Center, which was destroyed in the 2008 flooding.

The council members say building the replacement center in the same spot outweighed the concerns about rebuilding in the flood plain.

But FEMA officials say federal rules bar such construction if a sensible option exists outside the 100-year flood plain.

After the teleconference, council members discussed an appeal to Washington.
The Time Check Neighborhood is in northwest Cedar Rapids.