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Friday Morning Read: The Corridor's rental housing boom, City survey reveals softening opinions toward Cedar Rapids streets, Beer Week kicks off

Crews work this week on the Kingston Family Apartments at Seventh Street and Diagonal Drive SW in Cedar Rapids. The 52-unit Kingston Family Apartments project is one of almost 1,000 rental units under construction, just on the market or being planned in the city, creating one of most active rental development times in the city’s history, according to City Council member Scott Olson, a commercial real estate broker. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Crews work this week on the Kingston Family Apartments at Seventh Street and Diagonal Drive SW in Cedar Rapids. The 52-unit Kingston Family Apartments project is one of almost 1,000 rental units under construction, just on the market or being planned in the city, creating one of most active rental development times in the city’s history, according to City Council member Scott Olson, a commercial real estate broker. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

Rental housing boom hits the Corridor- Rental housing complexes are popping up around Cedar Rapids at a rate some say the city hasn’t seen before, and with them come choices — the “missing middle” as it’s called — largely absent for decades.

Just off Interstate 380 at Diagonal Drive SW, crews are working on a 52-unit project called Kingston Family Apartments.

Planning is underway on the 183-unit apartment complex near Rockwell Collins called Flats at Timberline.

And along the Cedar River, 16 units in the recently restored Chelsea — formerly the Knutson Building — are all leased. Read more...

City survey: Harsh opinions softening toward Cedar Rapids streets- Quality of life here is getting better, as are the city’s public spaces and entertainment districts, according to the results of a new community survey released Thursday.

“This shows we are moving the needle,” Cedar Rapids Mayor Brad Hart said upon reviewing the results with other City Council members.

This is the second time — the other was in 2016 — a National Citizen Survey has been conducted in Cedar Rapids. The survey went to 3,000 households earlier this year and 821 responded. Read more...

Cedar Rapids Beer Week kicks off, plus a Mother's Day food tour- Cedar Rapids Beer Week is bringing beer-centric events to town May 11 to 20, plus RadTour puts on a special Mother’s Day ride.

Twelve Iowa breweries will vie for superiority in a series of events designed to test both palates and speed of moving grain from pallet to pallet, along with other events. Beers from each participating brewery will be available, so stop by to root for your favorite team. Read more...

Cedar Rapids Police: Man killed after car rolls over him in driveway- A man was killed Thursday evening in northwest Cedar Rapids when a vehicle rolled over him in a driveway, trapping him beneath.

According to a media release from the Cedar Rapids Police, at roughly 6:00 p.m. Thursday officers were dispatched to 416 Carter St. NW in Cedar Rapids for the report of a “subject who was trapped under a car that had rolled over him.” As officers and emergency responders arrived they found an adult male underneath a vehicle in the driveway. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the release. Read more...

Marion boys' track team confident after state-qualifying meet- Thursday night at a Class 3A state qualifying meet at Spartan Stadium, the Indians finished runner-up to Dubuque Wahlert. The Golden Eagles won the team title with 151 points to 138 for Marion.

“Its the same deal as last year,” senior Chris Mohwinkle said. “Wahlert got first at the district meet, but we won state. We know we have events that can place higher than Wahlert at state. So I’m not too worried about it.”

Last year Marion didn’t win a team title until it won the big enchilada in Des Moines. Read more...

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