Iowa doctors get taste of land use politics in medical mall dispute

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A proposal to create a medical district near downtown Cedar Rapids has stirred controversy because the doctors want to close off an area of streets to allow larger buildings, parking and future growth of a medical campus.

The land use battle, as one Linn County supervisor explained, poses a tough choice for the community, which loves progress but hates change.

The Cedar Rapids City Council will hold a public hearing in August on the proposal by¬†Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa (PCI), which ¬†is seeking support from different civic and government groups to back a $40 million project that includes vacating a portion of 2nd Avenue to accommodate the medical complex.

For the full report from KCRG-TV, click here.

Tom Ahern is senior vice president for capital markets and health facilities for The Saint Consulting Group, email ahern@tscg.biz phone 781 836 4343

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