Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 10, 1974, Page 3

Cedar Rapids Gazette

November 10, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sun., Nov. 10, 1974 Some Deadlines Approaching for Westdale Mall Mike Deupree Westdale Mall is apparently still moving forward, but the movement is slow and a bit unsteady. Some of tile people involved in the massive development planned for the southwest quadrant are reluctant to discuss the subject, except in the most general terms. Oth- ers won't say anything. But the information availa- ble indicates the following speculation isn't too far off: (1) The plans for the shop- ping center have not been scrapped, although progress is running four to six months behind schedule now and could get farther behind. (2) Sale of the land could be announced within the next week or two. (3) The biggest reason for the delay is the developer's problem finding a third major department store for the initi- al phase of the center. (4) Some preliminary grad- ing will be done before the end of the year, primarily to take the project out of the ju- risdiction of tough new federal air pollution guidelines that go into effect Jan. 1. (5) The actual opening date of the center will almost eer tainly be delayed, perhaps as much as a year. Construction next spring will probably be the minimum required to keep the land from reverting to its previous zoning. The problems and delays, although not specifically antic- ipated, aren't surprising in light of the state of the na- tion's economy and the sheer size of the project. THAT SIZE, most Cedar Rapidians will remember, was at the bottom of a heated con- troversy earlier this year when the city council was pondering rczoning 22 acres to add to 66 acres previously rezoned at the shopping center site, near the intersection of highway 149 and Edgewood road SW. When the original 66 acres were rezoiieri in May, 1972, plans called for a shopping center with three major de- partment stores and numerous smaller shops, a total leasable retail area of square feel. The revised plan which has been approved by the planning commission and city council shows three large stores and about 750.000 square feet initially, with fourth store and an expansion to 1.1 million square feet three or four years after the center opens. Halm-Newman Development Co. of Overland Park. Kan., is the developer in a joint ven- ture with Dial Realty of Omaha. The developers hold an option on the land from the contract purchasers. The purchasers are Midwest De- velopment Co. for part of the land and a Midwest Develop- ment Co. employe trust for the rest. Opponents of the re-zoning claimed a shopping center as large as the one proposed wouldn't be able to support it- self without draining trade from existing businesses. That contention has proba- bly helped fuel recent rumors about the future of the shop- ping center. Nothing's happening at the site, even though the rczoning of the second parcel of land was final nearly six months ago. There has been some speculation that Hahn-New man was unable to obtain fi- nancing, or that two of the large department stores scheduled to occupy the cen- ter, Montgomery Ward and 1'cnney's, had second thoughts. John Joyce, project manag- er for Halm-Newman, said last week the store stores were still in the plans, but conceded there are difficulties finding a third store 'Ward's and Penney's are still he said. "We feel Mike Deupree we've got a deal with those folks, and 1 think they agree. "We do mil have a third department store. 1 don't think that's any secret." Joyce said retail stores and shopping centers across the country are treading cautious- ly because of the uncertainty of the economic situation. "They are really re-evaluat- ing their opening he 'said. "They want to see what the economy is going to do. 'Bad times have fallen at a critical time for us." Joyce said negotiations with a third department store, Dayton's, have been delayed because of a legal battle in- volving Dayton's and a Des Moims shopping center. HE WAS definite about one thing, though: The Wesldale Mall is still a viable project. Jiiui slid a significant announcement was scheduled soon, although "1 really don't know what the announcement will be." Asked if the announcement would be about the sale of the land, he referred questions on the subject to Roy Skogman of Cedar Rapids, president of Midwest Development Co. Skogman refused to comment If the project is to go with as little delay as possible, though, the developers must acquire the land and make at least a token start on con- struction relatively soon. There are at least three rea- sons for haste. First of all, there presuma- bly is an expiration date for the land options. Second, among the condi- tions attached to the two re- zoning ordinances are provi- sions for reversion of the land to its original zoning if construction does not Ufegin by a specified date: The date is May, 1975 for the 66-acre plot and slightly later for the 22- acre plot. The condition is a standard one in Cedar Rapids, but it's never been tested in court and there is a difference of opinion about its legality. To be on the safe side, reversions, as a matter of policy, haven't been automatic. When the date arrives with no construction, the council notifies the plan- ning commission, which noti- fies the developer. In the past, the developer has either asked for and re- ceived an extension or has indicated he is no longer in- terested in developing the land and allowed the zoning to revert. In any case, the reversion clause means more red tape and delay, so to avoid it the construction must start some time in the next six months or so. And third, new restrictions of indirect air pollution sources formulated by the federal environmental protec- tion agency (EPA) go into effect Jan. 1. An indirect source is some- thing that attracts cars, like a parking lot. The EPA rules say you can't build a parking lot for more than cars after Jan. 1 without a permit. The Westdale lot is designed to handle more than cars. So EPA spells trouble for Westdale unless one of a cou- ple of things happens. There is considerable pressure in Washington to gel EPA lo declare a moratorium on the enforcement of the new rules for six months or so. Contractors and developers are crying that things are lough enough without the add- ed hassles and expense of complying with the rules. IK THE RULES are sus- pended for a while, some of Hie pressure is off Westdale. If they aren't suspended, the work has to start this year. As long as construction work is in progress on the mall before Jan. 1, the new EPA guidelines won't apply to the project. The company can't merely lorn a shovel of dirt and then await the solution to other problems, secure from the EPA guidelines, though. If construction doesn't proceed normally, the "grandfather clause" benefit could be lost. Under normal Iowa weather conditions that won't be a problem, because winter will soon put an end to any work. No bad weather, though, could mean the work will have to continue even though the developers may not really want it to until the rest of their plans are firmer. "If it's a warm Iowa winter, we're in Joyce said. Assuming a normally lousy winter, the grading will prob- ably resume next spring and some construction will begin before the May zoning dead- line. At any rate il seems unlike- ly the shopping center will open its doors, as scheduled, in 1976. Not Interested This is not one of the "few good men" local marine recruiter Sgt. Windle Foster has signed up. Gazette photographer John Mclvor, himself an ex-marine, thought he had an inspired idea to mark today's 1 99th birthday of the corps. Since the bulldog is the marine mascot, Mclvor got Jim and Suzanne Barnes' pup to model for him, wearing Mclvor's marine cap. Even after resorting to barking some time-tested commands, however, Mclvor could not get Misty (age 2} to follow orders. Misty remained bored with tfie whole thing. Mrs. Barnes reports Misty was probably just despondent be- cause the marines' birthday ball which she had planned to attend was cancelled. Army's Christmas Appeal To Include "Toy Lift" Printmaking Exhibit How at Art Center A new exhibit is currently being featured at the Cedar Rapids Art Center, entitled "New Directions in The exhibit includes works by various contemporary artists and documents the innovative and vigorous printmakiiig activities of today. Artists represented are from varied persuasions: Op, Pup, Abstract and Lyrical Expressionist. The exhibit was organized in New York and should prove most interesting to persons interested in printmaking but aware of only the more tradi- tional approaches. The exhibit will be on display through Nov. special exhibit, "An Awareness, Architecture nf Historical Significance" has been held over until Nov. 211. The exhibit features architectural structures in the Cedar Rapids area, Itolh residential and commercial, and seeks to point out the value of certain structures and being aware of them. Enlarged phi'Higraphs, old maps, three dimensional models and u con- tinuous slide show make the exhibit a unkiue experience. Art Center hours are as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday. Friday. Saturday III a.m. to "i p.m.: Thursday a.m. to p.m.: Sunday '1 lo 5 p.m.: closed Mondavs. Topic For Luncheon Wednesday The first phase of the Salva- tion Army Christmas Appeal program, which this year will include a "toy lift" project, will gel underway this week. The Salvation Army has been designated as the "Community Clearing House" for Christmas assistance projects throughout the conmiunily. Individuals and organizations who know of families in need are urged to notify the Salvation Army. Major Eugene Adney Satur- day said the goal of Ihe 197-1 project is The project last year totaled about for each of 822 applications for assistance. A total of persons were helped through the general program plus an additional persons in hospitals and nursing homes. The first project of Ihe 197-1 i'linsliniis Appeal will lie a "two pronged affair" with yoiinc people in Ihe various Salvation Armv vouth pro- (.'rains not only raising funds for the Christmas Appeal but also having the opportunity lo earn money for their own Christmas programs. The young people will be distributing copies of the Christmas edition of Ihu Salvation Army's magazine. "The War which fea- tures ii full page, full color reproduction of "Adoration of the The pho- tograph is of a glazed terra colta work done by Ihe Floren- tine artist. Benedetto Bug- lioni, in the early 1500s. "The young people will share in the proceeds of the project." Major Adney em- phasized. "Cost of the maga- zine is only 20 cents." Major iind Mrs. Adney last week took u toy display to the reformatory at Anamusu and tu the medical security unit ;it Oakdalc. Aboul Hi inmates selected toys they would like lo have sent lo Iheir children in their name. Kach alsu signed a Christmas card lo go with Ihe gift. "Each gift will be wrapped in Christmas paper and will lie mailed lo the Major Adney said. "It will really be 'from' Ihe child's father. The name of the Salva- tion Army will not appear on the package." Emancipation of Jazz Feb. 12, 1 924 On Feb. 12, 1924, in New York City, Paul Whiteman conducted a program of "sym- phonic highlighted by the firsl public performance of Gershwin's "Rhapsody -in Blue" with Ihe composer at the piano. Since (he concert look place or; Lincoln's birth- day, it was described as "the emancipation of jazz." ON THIS DATE in 1944, in World war was disclosed (hat H new German weapon the V-2 rocket bomb had been used against England. General aviation as contrasted with commercial airlines and its role in Ihe overall transportation system will be discussed at a lunch- eon Wednesday at the Mon- trose hotel. The program, which will include ;i film presentation, is designed "lo explain the scope and the impact of this vital Richard .Ionian, chairman of the sponsoring Marvin Smal aviation committee of the Cedar Rapids-Marion Area Chamber of Commerce, said Saturday. Speaker will be Marvin Small of Wichita, general aviation affairs officer of Beech Aircraft Corp. Small, who was a P--17 pilol and advanced flying schuol instructor during World war II, has been with Beech since 1952. He was the firsl manag- er (if (Juecn Air sales when that Bcecbcrafl was Intro- duced in 19rj9 and he later headed the King Air turboprop division when that aircraft i was introduced in Reservations for the lunch- eon can be made by lelephon ing the Chamber of Com merce. They're Mining Streams Again MARYSVILLE, Calif (AP) Californians seeking their fortunes in Iho streams of the Mother Lode country are growing in numbers. California's firsl Industry has now become its newest hobby. So far this season the stale has issued permits lo use gasoline-powered suc- tion dredges on its streams, nearly twice as many as is- sued last year. Most of the present-day gold miners work Ihe goldbearing gravel deposits called "pla- cers" thai accumulate in slow parts of mountain slreams. St. Paul's Methodist Church 1340 THIRD AVENUE SE HOLIDAY FAIR ri'HIurinj; a sporliicular arrjty nf j-ifts holiday decorations Imports toys mmrnicl [irclty papers silhouettes plaots bunks: lloillililH' items. Thursday Nov. 14 to Luncheon: k's styles show willi fashions lurnlsheci by Klllian's Family Btiffel Dinner: To All The Linn County Voters For Their Support on Nov. 5 THANK YOU Eugene J. Kopecky County Atlortiev HfLD OVER AT WILLY'S! NOT 5 OR 8 BUT 1 DOZ BEAUTIFUL ROSES BOXED OR ARRANGED willy Floral 1st AVB. SE Prllirn, Srr.lrr 1S4 Open Mnn thru Sal. S-i Twosomes or threesomes; mix or match; plains or plaids in a wide color range. Our selection is at its peak. A great time to choose for your personal wear or for that special Christmas gift. We'll be watching for you to come in soon. SHOP SUNDAY NOON to 5 I'.M CEDAR RAPIDS r ;