Fate of Kinnick-like house could be decided Wednesday

Board of Adjustment hears case on whether city wrongfully approved plans, issued permit

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IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Board of Adjustment on Wednesday is to hear a case involving a large house designed to look like the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium.

The board, made up of five citizens who act like judges, should decide if city officials improperly awarded a building permit to the owner of property at 101 Luck Ave. Manville Heights neighbors appealed to the board saying the city wrongfully classified the house as a single-family home and wrongfully approved a site plan and building permit for the house because they did not meet city code.

The board’s decision is binding unless appealed in District Court. Wednesday’s meeting takes place at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall, 410 E. Washington St.

While the Iowa City Council had no authority over the matter, neighbors expressed concern to council members during a meeting this summer. They said they believe the house is going to be used as a party house for football tailgates and does not fit in with the character of the neighborhood.

Plans for the 7,400-square-foot house call for a top floor designed as a traditional home with bedrooms and a kitchen and a bottom floor with features like men’s and women’s restrooms, a basketball court, courtyard and commercial kitchen.

The house is proposed by Decorah resident Frederic Reed Carlson. He previously told The Gazette the home is to be used for family gatherings and would be vacant much of the year.

University of Iowa officials said they have no say in the use of Kinnick Stadium’s likeness as this is a private residence and the design copyright has expired.

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