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Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/18/12


Cedar Rapids City Council Set to Vote on Westdale Redevelopment Plan Tuesday

Westdale Mall

Westdale Mall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) — Getting foot traffic into Westdale Mall has become a big priority for city leaders who want to see it thrive. “The west side is one of the fastest growing sides of town,” says Mayor Ron Corbett.    Banking on those numbers, real estate developers in talks with the city want to put 90 million dollars into tranforming the half-empty complex, currently being held together by stores like JC Penney and Younkers.   Developers want to take that 90 million dollars and create what they describe as a city within a city.    The two big stores J.C. Penney’s and Younkers would stay and they would build around those with condos, retail stores, a park and maybe even a hotel.  City Council members will vote on the 90 million dollar plan at Tuesday’s council meeting.

No Abuse Found After Dog Found Dead Outside CR School

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) – Investigators say a puppy found dead outside a Cedar Rapids school died from natural causes.  Last month, several viewers called CBS 2 believing the puppy was killed by kids outside of Taylor Elementary.  The puppy was transported to ames for further investigation.  This afternoon, the Cedar Rapids School District told CBS 2 the results of that examination turned upno evidence of abuse.  They say the puppy had a significant amount of heart disease and likely died of heart failure.

Cedar Rapid’s Animal Care and Control group held their third annual PAWS for the Holidays Bazaar and Silent Auction

Paws

Paws (Photo credit: Mrs Magic)

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)—The Cedar Rapid’s Animal Care and Control group held their third annual PAWS for the Holidays Bazaar and Silent Auction Saturday in hopes of raising money to care for the city’s stray and surrendered animals.There was fine jewelry, Christmas baskets, and more than a dozen volunteers dressed as elves at the event. Shoppers browsed more than 120 items, shelling out big bucks for homeless animals.     “This money helps get it that extra special veterinary care.”  Webber says the city’s $800,000 budget just doesn’t cover the shelter’s needs. “Some of the stuff has to come through donations,” Webber said.  The money isn’t just for medical care but also for making more room for the animals. The shelter houses approximately 150 stray dogs and cats and surrendered pets per day.
They’re hoping some of the money will go toward the new shelter they’re opening October 2013 at Kirkwood Community College.

Cedar Rapids School District & Police Say School Safety Plan is in Place

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) — It’s the end of the school day at Taylor School on the southwest side. Children rush to the buses and others to cars with their parents. At school district headquarters, a joint press conference with school leaders and police.“It is a school persons worst nightmare,” says Dr. Dave Benson, Superintendent.The nightmare, Dr. Benson referred to stems from the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. District leaders took time Friday to easethe minds of Cedar Rapids parents, reminding them of the safetymeasures the district takes to keep schools safe. “We do have a lock door policy and a buzz in policy,” says Benson.  District leaders say while they can’t go into detailed specifics of the Active Shooter Response and Awareness plan, they can tell us police response teams are constantly training and ready.  Police and school officials are also urging parents to have an appropriate conversation with their children about protecting themselves at school.  “We’re not wanting to create fear or paranoia amongst our community but to better prepare it, the only way we can prepare for something like this is to educate,” says Sgt. Cristy Hamblin.


Cedar Rapids Headlines 12/17/12


 Are You Dreaming of a White Christmas? You May Get Your Wish!

winterstorm7CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Are you hoping for a white Christmas?  Get your shovels ready it just may happen! The KCRG-TV9 First Alert Storm Team is continuing to watch a potential winter storm, which would affect eastern Iowa late Wednesday through Thursday. The precise details are unclear because this system is still a few days away, but there is high confidence in snow, possibly heavy, in our area.

Second New Downtown Cedar Rapids Parking Ramp Coming in 2013

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — The city is moving ahead on plans to build a second new downtown parking ramp, both of which should be in place in 2013.The second ramp, a six-story ramp with 618 parking stalls, will go up in the 600 block of Second-Street SE on city-owned land now used as a surface parking lot. Construction is slated to start in March and be complete in November, according to a city report.

English: Skyline of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, lookin...

English: Skyline of
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, looking northward from the 8th Avenue bridge.
Photographed by User:Iowahwyman on June 17, 2007. (Photo credit:
Wikipedia)

The City-Council this week will approve the plans for the ramp, which is estimated to cost $9.4 million to construct, according to the city report.

The city currently is building a new six-story, 460-stall ramp across First Avenue East from the city-owned convention complex and hotel. The First Avenue East parking ramp is costing $12.28 million and is expected to be complete next summer.

The city says parking revenue from users of the two ramps will pay off revenue bonds sold to finance the construction.

Serving Double Duty: Five Fire Chiefs on One Department

In a community with more than 40 unsolved fires we have Five Fire Chiefs on One Department!

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A fire department typically has one fire chief, but the Cedar Rapids Fire Department has a handful.Fire chiefs from across Eastern Iowa are finding themselves working on the same team. They are pulling double duty by working for both Cedar Rapids and their hometown volunteer fire departments.

Fire officials said at least 35 Cedar Rapids firefighters are members of a volunteer fire department in the area. For many, it’s the place they first discovered their love of fighting fires and took that step towards making it a career.