Letter: Revitalize the Knutson Building

As a long time Cedar Rapids resident and business person, I am concerned about the revitalization of the Knutson Building.

As the oldest commercial building on the west side of the river and setting in a beautiful historic and riverfront area, the Knutson would be a choice part of Cedar Rapids history.

Why wouldn’t the city and citizens want to restore this property to its glory, just as the neighboring Mott building has been restored? Multiple rounds and proposals have been garnered to this point, with this third round being what the city claims is the final deciding round.

The group that restored the Mott has shown interest all along this process. The Mott is the shining example of urban revitalization and success.

In my travels I have witnessed what urban revitalization can accomplish. Residents living in the core, more social and entrainment activities, city pride and a feeling of participation in the urban environment. These all help a city thrive. It is my hope that the city and citizens will be in support of saving this piece of our heritage. The continuation of the Kingston area and the success of the previous Mott rehabilitation will bring beautiful and a “cool” area to the Cedar Rapids riverfront.

Pete Mathison

Cedar Rapids

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