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Study Identifies "Surplus" Parking In Cedar Rapids Medical District

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - The landscape is changing in Cedar Rapids' Medical District, and not everyone is pleased with the results. The group, Save CR Heritage, says historic buildings are being torn down to make room for parking that just isn't needed.


For example, in March of last year, the First Christian Church was torn down off of 840 Third Ave SE. Now, a parking lot stands in its place.


A recent study, performed by the Lakota Group out of Chicago, found there are about 8,950 spaces available in the Medical District. The report determined that it's a surplus of more than 800 spots.


The Medical District commissioned the report and said that the information will help them better plan for the area's future.


So this says here's where we're at, and here's what you want to do, and now we're starting to go to the next phase, John Albert with the Cedar Rapids medical district said.


Albert added that while it appears there are enough parking spots right now, that doesnt mean todays plan will be the right fit for the future.


Meyer agreed that it's a step in the right direction, although she still finds it a shame that the First Christian Church was torn down for what she considers an unneeded parking lot. 



We need to carefully consider what we're doing when we decide what kind of development goes where. It is the lesson I take from this, Meyer said.


Right now, the Medical District is gathering opinions from those in the neighborhood on the best way to develop the district. The Lakota group will take what they learn to work toward a final master development plan for the district. That plan will continue to address parking needs.


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