Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 10, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2A Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sob., Nit. ll, 1174
•xi-Some Deadlines Approaching for Westdale Mall
Westdale Mall is apparently still moving forward, but the movement is slow and a bit unsteady.
Some of the people involved in the massive development planned for the southwest quadrant are reluctant to discuss the subject, except in the most general terms. Others won’t say anything.
But the information available indicates the following speculation isn t too far off:
(I) The plans for the shopping center have not l>een scrapped, although progress is running four to six months behind schedule now and could get farther behind.
(IO Sale of the land could be announced within the next week or two.
0) The biggest reason for the delay is the developer’s problem finding a third major department store for the initial phase of the center
(4) Some preliminary grading will be done before the end of the year, primarily to take the project out of the jurisdiction of tough new federal air pollution guidelines that go into effect Jan. I.
(5) The actual opening date of the center will almost cer
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 specific ally antic ipated, aren’t surprising in light of the state of the nation's economy and the sheer size of the project.
THAT SIZE, most Cedar Hapidians will remember, was at the bottom of a heated controversy (‘arber this year when the city council was pondering rezoning 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 rezoned in May, 1972, plans calk'd for a shopping center with three major department stores and numerous smaller shops, a total leasable retail area of 560,000 square feet.
The revised plan — which has been approved by the planning commission and city council — shows three large stores and about 750 (KIO square feet initially, with a fourth store and an expansion to l l million square feet three or four years after the center opens.
Hahn-Newman Dec elopment Co. of Overland Park. Kan . is the developer in a joint venturi' with Dial Realty of Omaha. The developers hold an option on the land from the contract purchasers The purchasers are Midwest Development Co. for part of the* land and a Midwest Development Co. employe trust for the rest.
Opponents of the' rezoning claimed a shopping center as large as the one proposed wouldn’t bt1 able to support itself without draining trade from existing businesses.
That contention has probably helped fuel recent rumors about the future of the shopping center.
Nothing's happening at the site, even though the rezoning of the second parcel of land was final nearly six months ago. There has been some speculation that Ilahn-New-man was unable to obtain financing. or that two of the large department stores scheduled to occupy the center, Montgomery Ward and Peuiey’s, had second thoughts.
John Joyce, project manager for Hahn-Newman. said la>t 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 in,” he said “We feel
we’ve got a deal with those folks, and I think they agree.
"We do not have a third department store. I don’t think that’s any secret.”
Joyce said retail stores and shopping centers across the country are treading cautiously because of the uncertainty of the economic situation.
“They are really re-evaluating their opening dates,” 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 involving Dayton's and a Des Moines shopping center
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HE WAS definite about one thing, though The Westdale Mall is still a viable project.
Joyce said a significant announcement was st hedulecl soon, although “I really don’t
know what the announcement will be ”
Asked if the announcement would Im* 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 construction relatively soon. There are at least three reasons for haste.
First of ail, there presumably is an expiration date for the land options
Second, among the conditions attached to the two rezoning ordinances are provisions for reversion of the land to its original zoning if construction does not It'gin 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 bt' 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 planning commission, which notifies the developer.
In the past, the developer has either asked for and received an extension or has indicated he is no longer interested 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 protection agency (EPA) go into effect Jan. I
An indirect source is something that attracts cars, like a parking lot. The EFA rules say you can’t build a parking lot for more than 1,000 cars after Jan I without a permit. The Westdale lot is designed to handle more than 6 IHM! cars.
So EPA spells trouble for Westdale unless one of a (duple of things happens.
There is considerable pressure in Washington to get EPA to declare a moratorium on the enforcement of the new rub's for six months or so. Contractors and developers are crying that things are tough enough without the added hassles and expense of complying with the rules
IF THE RULES are suspended for a while, some of the 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. I, the new EPA guidelines won’t apply tothe project.
The company can’t merely turn a shovel of dirt and then await the solution to other problems, secure from the EPA guideline's, though.
If ((instruction doesnt proceed normally. the* “grandfather clause benefit could he* lost
Eider normal Iowa weather conditions that won t he 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.
"lf it’s a warm Iowa winter, we’re in trouble,’’ Joyce said.
Assuming a normally lousy winter, the grading will probably resume next spring and some construction will begin before the May zoning deadline.
At any rate it seems unlikely the shopping center will open its doors, as scheduled, in 1976.
This is not one of the few good men local marine rocker Sgt. Windle Foster has signed up. Gazette photographer John Mclvor, himself an ex-marine, though' he had an inspired idea to mark today’s 199th 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 (oge 2) to follow orders. Misty remained bored with the whole thing. Mrs. Barnes reports Misty was probably lust despondent because the marines’ birthday boll which she had planned to attend was cancelled.
Army's Christmas Appeal To Include “Toy Lift”
The first phase* of the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal program, which this year will include a "toy lift’’ project, will get underway this week.
The Salvation Army has been designated as the "Community Clearing House" for Christmas assistance projects throughout the community. Individuals and organizations who know of families in need are urged to notify the Salvation Army.
Major Eugene Adney Saturday said the goal of the 1974 project is $15 (HJO The project last year totaled $12,WH), about $15 for each of 822 applications for assistance. A total of 2 985 persons were helped through the general program plus an additional 926 persons in hospitals and nursing homes
The first project of the 1974 Christmas Appeal will be a "two-pronged affair" with young people in the various Salvation Armv youth programs not only raising funds
of the of the
for the Christmas Appeal but also having the opportunity to earn money for their own Christmas programs The young people distributing copies Christmas edition Salvation Army ’n magazine, "The War Cry", which features a full page, full color reproduction of "Adoration of the Shepherds". The photograph is of a glazed terra cotta work done bv the Floren
tine artist. Benedetto Bug-Horn, in the early 15<Mk “The young people will share in the proceeds of the project," Major Adnev emphasized. "Cost of the magazine is only 2(1 cents ’’
Major and Mrs Adnev last week took a toy display to the reformatory at Anamosa and to the medical security unit at Oakdale. About 115 inmates selected toys thev would like to have sent to their i hildren
Printmaking Exhibit Now at Art Center
A new exhibit is currently being featured at the Cedar Rapids
Art ( enter, entitled "New Directions in Printmaking". The exhibit includes works bv various contemporary artists and documents the innovative and vigorous printmaking activities of today.
Artists represented are from varied persuasions: Op, Pop. Abstract and Lyrical Expressionist. The exhibit was organized in New York and should prove moot interesting to persons interested in printmaking but aware of only the more traditional approaches. The exhibit w ill be on display through Nm 21)
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\ special exhibit. "An Awareness Architecture of Historical
Sign I fie ame” has been held over until Nov 20 The exhibit features architectural structures in the Cedar Rapids area, I loth residential and commercial, and seeks to point out the value of certain structures and being aware of them. Enlarged photographs, old maps, three* dimensional models and a continuous slide show make the exhibit a unique experience Art ( enter hours are as follows:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday - IO a rn to 5 p.m.. Thursday - IO a rn. to K Mi p rn.; Sunday * 2 to 5 p m,; (losed Mondays.
General Aviation Topic For Luncheon Wednesday
(ieneral aviation — as eon can lie made by telephon-
contrasted with commercial mg ihe Chamber of Com-
airlines — and its role in the merer
overall transportation system , _
will be discussed at a lune h-eon Wednesday at the Montrose hotel.
The program, which will include a film presentation, is designed "to explain the scope and the impact of this vital service," Richard Jordan,
chairman of the
Emancipation of Jazz Feb. I 2, I 924
On Feb. 12. 1924, in New York City, Paul Whiteman conducted a program of “symphonic jazz", highlighted by the first public performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue" with the composer at the piano. Since the concert took place on Lincoln’s birthday, it was describes* as "the emancipation of jazz."
ON THIS DATE in 1944. in World war Ii. it was disclosed that a new German weu|M>n — the Y-2 rocket bomb — had been used against England.
They’re Mining Streams Again
MARYSVILLE. Calif IAP) — Californians seeking their fortunes in the streams of the Mother Lode country an* growing in numbers.
California's first industry has now become its newest hobby. So far this season the state has issued 4 -HH) permits to use gasoline-powered suction dredges on its streams, nearly twice as many as is-sued last year.
Most of the present-day gold miners work the goldbearing gravel deposits called “placers" that accumulate in slow parts of mountain streams
in their name. Each also signed a ( hristrrias < ard to go w ith the gift.
"Each gift will be wrapped in Christmas paper and will Im* mailed to the children,” Major Adnev said "It will really Im* ‘from’ the child’s father The name of the Salvation Army will not appear on the pac Rage."
aviation committee of the ( (star Rapids Marion Area Chamber of Conimene, said Saturday.
Speaker will be Marvin Small of Wichita, general aviation affairs officer Bess h Aircraft Corp.
Small, who was a P-47 pilot and advanced flying school instructor during World war II, has been with Beech since 1952 He was the first manager of Queen Air sales when that Bushcraft was Introduced in 1959 and he later headed the King Air turboprop division . when that aircraft was introduced in 1904 Reservations for the lunch
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