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Monument Hills project in I.C. passes first vote before council



Monument Hills would provide single family, senior living


IOWA CITY — A new housing development proposed in northeast Iowa City that would include single-family homes and a senior living community easily passed the Iowa City Council’s first vote on Tuesday.


The council unanimously approved the request from Welch Design and Development to rezone 64.37 acres west of Scott Boulevard and north of Rochester Avenue. The rezoning has to pass two more votes.


Council members expressed excitement about the project, noting it will feature a variety of housing. Residents, in public comment and emails to the city, shared their support for the development and having more senior living options.


“I'm very excited about this project. … It seems like it'll be a really wonderful asset to the city of Iowa City,” council member Pauline Taylor said.



The Monument Hills project would consist of 64 single-family homes, along with a senior living community on the east side of the development. The proposed development is near Harvest Preserve and Calder Park.


There are existing homes to the west and south of the proposed development. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the rezoning last month.


The senior living community, for those 55 and older, would include 12 single-family homes, three duplexes and a two-story multifamily building with 29 units. There also would be a clubhouse in the senior living community featuring a fitness center, outdoor grilling area, meeting spaces, game rooms and other activities.


 

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