CEDAR FALLS - The city is requesting state and federal funding for commercial property flood buyouts.
In a memo to the mayor and City Council, planning technician Barb Hugi said acquiring and demolishing nine properties will cost an estimated $2.1 million.
The application will be submitted through the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for funding from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
If approved, the cost will be shared with the IHSEMD paying 10 percent; FEMA, 75 percent; and local match, 15 percent.
The parcels, located in the 100-year flood plain, include: 1920 Center St., owned by Dennis Wildeboer and Dwight Wielenga; 510 Grant St., Miner School Alano Society Inc.; 212 Lincoln St., Cooperative of Hudson; 530 Lincoln St., Leonard Thompson; 915 Lincoln St., Clark Laundry Systems; 1022 Lincoln St., Steven and Jane Carter; 1726 Lincoln St., Black Hawk Rollerdrome; and 2015 Lincoln St., Michael Brustkern.
In related business, the council has extended another fee waiver for the repair or reconstruction of properties damaged by the 2008 flood, as defined by presidential declaration.
The Board of Adjustment special exception application fee has been waived through Dec. 31. Last month the council extended a waiver for building permit fees.
A public hearing is scheduled for July 27 to address the proposed condemnation of the following properties: 616 Fourth Ave., 325 Western Ave. and 1110 Lindale Road. All have substantial damage but are not on the city's flood buyout list.