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This large residential-commercial development has been proposed for 2119 College St. in Cedar Falls.

CEDAR FALLS -- A majority of members of the College Hill Partnership have concerns about a proposed 61,000-square-foot, five-story residential-commercial development at the bottom of College Hill.

The partnership, made up of downtown property owners and merchants, approved drafting a letter to city officials expressing concerns about adequate parking and the height of the development, proposed by developer Brent Dahlstrom, incorporating three lots around the reconstructed Great Wall building at West 22nd and College streets.

The building does not include the Great Wall building itself but the lot of the former Ginger's bar site, 925 W. 22nd St. and two adjacent properties at 1003 W. 22nd St. and 2119 College St. Ginger's was damaged in the same early 2016 fire that consumed the former Great Wall building, and the bar did not resume business at that location.

Partnership members are concerned other separate developments in the College Hill area have further pinched what is an already tight parking situation in the area.

"Overall, while the board is supportive of all improvements and redevelopments, the College Hill Partnership board simply wants these issues addressed in a fair manner," the letter stated.

Partnership member Kamyar Enshayan did not support the letter because Dahlstrom was not present at the meeting when the letter was discussed to address the concerns.

Planning and Zoning Commission members received a draft of the partnership's letter prior to Wednesday night's commission meeting. Dahlstrom's project was discussed for review only. The commission is anticipated to vote on a recommendation to the City Council in two weeks.

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