WATERLOO | The city has added to its parking capacity near the Cedar Valley SportsPlex.
City Council members voted unanimously Monday to pay $50,000 to acquire a privately owned parking lot nestled among the public parking across Jefferson Street from the SportsPlex's front door.
Locus Partnership, which operates a dental studio on the block, agreed to sell the lot to the city, which now owns everything in the block bounded by Commercial, Jefferson, West First and West Second streets except the dental studio and Walker Building, which houses the Waterloo Community Playhouse.
Community Planning and Development Director Noel Anderson said the purchase price was based on appraisals conducted when the city bought other vacant parking lots for the SportsPlex in the same area.
The parking area will serve the SportsPlex and other public facilities in the vicinity, including Young Arena and the Waterloo Center for the Arts.
Funding for the property purchase comes from property taxes generated in the downtown tax-increment financing district.
In other business, council members unanimously approved:
- The first of three required readings of an ordinance revising rules for storm water control measures at local construction sites. The plan creates a local permitting system to track project sites and includes lots of less than one acre in the inspection process.
- A minor site plan amendment allowing the McDonald's restaurant at 3658 Kimball Ave. to be demolished and be rebuilt on a bigger footprint. The building is now about 4,000 square feet and will be rebuilt at 5,235 square feet.