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Three Things to Know - April 7 Council Cycle
Posted on 04/06/2021
What to know April 7 Cycle

April 6, 2021 – A Public Hearing will be held and the City Council will consider a Resolution approving a 10-year lease with the Friends of Martin Luther King Jr. for the land at the northeast corner of 5th and Brady for the planned MLK Park. The Park will be used for a wide-range of programming activities regarding cultural awareness and education as well as a regional tourism destination.

The City is submitting an application to the State’s Community Catalyst Building Remediation Grant Program for 1600 Harrison Street, the former Greatest Grains, and a Resolution of support will be considered by Council in order to finalize the application. The building was recently acquired by Constance and Lonnie Westerfield with plans to expand their long-time Hilltop Campus Village business Celebrity Styles. In addition to expanding their business, the building will also house Woke Coffee. It is anticipated there will be over $500k invested into the redevelopment and 10-15 new jobs added.

With structural changes made by Major League Baseball to the Minor League system recently, the lease agreement between the City and Main Street Iowa, LLC needed to be modified to reflect the current landscape of professional baseball. Both parties have also taken this opportunity to modernize the agreement and incorporate several separate amendments into a single document. Council approval of the lease agreement will ensure that the City and Main Street Iowa continue to provide high quality professional baseball at a public facility that is nationally recognized as one of the best ballparks in the Minor League system.