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Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/19/12


Blizzard Warning Issued, Conditions to Deteriorate Tonight

snowCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Ready or not, here it comes. Heavy snow combined with strong winds will lead to blizzard conditions across much of Iowa tonight into tomorrow. A Blizzard Warning goes into effect for much of Iowa beginning this evening. Storm totals of 8-12” will be likely over much of the area, with isolated amounts over a foot in far northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. Winds will increase to 30-40 mph in most spots, with gusts to 50mph, creating whiteout conditions and considerable drifting of snow.

Travel will be a nightmare so if you have things to get done the sooner you get them done the better! 

 

Cedar Rapids Council Ecstatic with Plan to Transform Westdale Mall

wdCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa —CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Martians didn’t land, but you’d think they had after City Council members Tuesday night finished thanking and applauding Realtor Scott Byers and developer John Frew for jumping in to do the near impossible — bring new life to the long-failing Westdale Mall.

Byers, a Realtor at Gibbs Lamb Drown Commercial, is leading a group of local investors in buying the 72-acre, 33-year-old, half-empty mall from two out-of-state owners and Frew, president/CEO of Frew Development Group, will lead a $90-million effort to redevelop the site.

Council members Don Karr, Chuck Swore and Justin Shields are longtime west-side Cedar Rapids residents and they were particularly thrilled with the Westdale developments.

What about the “West Downtown”?

Trial Set for Man Who Attempted to Kill His Neighbors

jpCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A man who attempted to kill his neighbors last summer was found competent and his trial is set April 1, in Linn County District Court.  Pham is charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

He is accused of shooting multiple times at Brian Wilson, 39, his daugther Jayde Wilson and Tracy Moses last June at Moses’ home. Brian Wilson was hit three times and seriously wounded. Members of Pham’s family told The Gazette after the shooting they have been subjected to racial harassment for years because they are Vietnamese, first by Moses’ ex-husband when he lived in the home, and then by Brian Wilson.

Cell Tower Plan in Cemetery Beginning to Stir Up Opposition

cemCEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The popularity of cell phones and portable electronic devices wouldn’t be possible without the cell towers that provide the wireless signal. But keeping the signal strong often involves wireless companies adding new towers. And that’s where the conflict can start.
The board operating the Czech National Cemetery, 2200 C St. S.W., is seeking permission to allow a tower for U.S. Cellular on cemetery ground. City staffers say it’s the first time they can remember a conditional use request for a cell tower in a cemetery.

Teri Petrzalek, who has family buried at the cemetery, only learned about the Planning Commission meeting a few days ago after a cemetery neighbor got a letter about the proposed zoning change. Petrzalek plans to attend the meeting to let the commission know not everyone is ok with the idea.  “I can understand they’re (cemetery board) looking for ways to generate income. But this is not an appropriate way to do it. It’s going to be intrusive, look terrible and it’s an affront to the people buried there,” Petrzalek said.

What do you think of this?  Comments and feedback encouraged!

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Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/16/12


Armed Robbery at Casey’s General Store in Cedar Rapids

Around 1:20 a.m. at the Casey’s General Store, 1201 First Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids. Aman wearing dark clothing and a black ski-mask entered the store, showed a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk, officer said early this morning.

He then ran away with an unknown amount of money.Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call police at (319) 286-5491. Tips can also be left anonymously by calling Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME (272-7463).

We have got to get a grip on the crime taking place in this city!

Westdale Mall

Westdale Mall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Westdale Mall Sale in Cedar Rapids Sets up Partial Demolition

Byers, a Realtor at Gibbs Lamb Drown Commercial in Cedar Rapids and developer of the successful Marketplace on 1st retail center across First Avenue East from Lindale Mall, cautioned that a few details need to be worked out before his investor group closes on the property purchase.

However, Frew, president/CEO of Frew Development Group and the project manager of the city’s downtown convention complex and hotel projects, said Friday that he and his group have signed the land lease deal with Byers, adding, “Our company is certainly expecting the project to happen.”

“I think it’s all going to come together,” Frew continued. “At long last we’re in a position to move this project forward.”

Frew, who is based in Denver, Colo., came close to buying the mall earlier this year before last-minute problems over existing tenant leases caused him to set his purchase offer aside.

Frew said the current redevelopment plan is the same as the earlier one. That is, to create a “multiuse destination” around the mall’s anchor stores with a development of apartments, condominiums, retail stores, offices, restaurants, a park and a hotel.

The site, he said, will come to be known as Westdale, not Westdale Mall, and he said it will not be unlike the transformation that turned Southglenn Mall in the Denver area into The Streets at SouthGlenn.

“It will be a city within a city, a place where people shop, eat, work, play and sleep,” Frew said

Interesting idea, wonder where they came up with it.

Thrift Store Raises Money For Senior Citizens In Linn County

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A new Cedar Rapids thrift store is using their sales to help seniors in need. Changing Hands Thrift Store will raise money for a organization called Seeds 4 Seniors. That organization was started by the Neighborhood Church in Cedar Rapids and provides food and medical supplies to needy seniors in Linn County.

The store is located at 2737 16th Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids, next to the Dollar General. If people would like to donate unwanted items they can drop them off at the store anytime during business hours. The store is open Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.. On Mondays and Thursdays, all senior citizens receive an additional 50 percent discount in the store.

Support our local seniors and check out the thrift store!