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Changes Planned For Robins

ROBINS, IA -- (CBS2/FOX28) Changes could be ahead for parts of Robins, Iowa.

A survey of local residents made it clear to local leaders that residents want to preserve their city's small-town feel while encouraging economic development in within its city limits.

One of the first steps was to create the Robins Economic Development Initiative (R.E.D.I.) Its job is to preserve Robins as it is while attracting more business.

"I think it would be a good idea in robins to have a little bit of development," said Robins resident John Gilson. "I come from a small town I do enjoy the small town environment but I think Its a good idea."

"I always think "whats going to go in the open lots?" I'm kind of excited to see what they would provide for us," said Robins resident Renee Smith.

John and Renee aren't alone. Mayor-elect Chuck Hinz says most of the surveyed residents called for more development, just not too much. The fear is having a lot of traffic around a city that, right now, is pretty easy to travel through.

That isn't always true in nearby Hiawatha and Cedar Rapids.

"We live in close proximity to them. All the cities have their own character. They all have their own goals," said Hinz

Hinz says what helps Robins is just thinking ahead and planning out what type of businesses they want to go in what parts of town. That way, when businesses show interest, Robins is ready

If all goes well city leaders say they hope to eventually put welcome signs along North Center Pointe Road to show that Robins is open for businesses.

"Around the perimeter and then still preserve the residential small town character within the confines of that," said R.E.D.I. President Dean Helander.

The Mayor-elect said it was the first time that he remembers the city taking a proactive stance on city improvement as opposed to just reacting to concerns citizens raise.

He says the city council cant solve problems if it doesn't ask what they are.

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