As expected, rezoning for the Crestwood Ridge apartment complex was passed by the Cedar Rapids City Council at its May 23 meeting. This despite 1,019 signatures of opposition.
Contrary to what they say, outside of Mayor Ron Corbett and council member Scott Olson, no council members bothered to acknowledge or listen to these 1,019 residents. The five council members who staunchly supported this project from the beginning were never open to hearing concerns about the location.
CommonBond had access to council members that wasn’t accorded to members of the neighborhood.
Three council members who ignored these citizens are “at large” members. Wouldn’t “at large” include these 1,019 citizens?
The Gazette quoted one council member last fall as saying “Nothing else will be built there — I support this project.” When asked if she had visited the Crestwood site, a council member responded “Yes, I drive by it on my way to Sherwin Williams.” That’s good reasoning and research?
Speaker after speaker supporting this complex tried to make this about prejudice, race or discrimination against the future residents. One speaker stated the neighborhood showed “signs of bigotry.” Seriously? If you don’t agree with me you’re a bigot?
CommonBond had to take this approach. Would have been difficult for them to expound on the virtues of using this location. CommonBond picked the wrong location. Can’t argue that.
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Watch the video. Not one speaker opposing this project mentioned concerns about people who would reside there. The neighborhood was never against what was being built, we’re against where it’s being built!