Seven projects will receive $5.6 million in brownfield, grayfield tax proceeds from the Iowa Economic Development Authority

The former Marion Church project at the top with $1.5 million

Large stained glass windows let light into the old First Methodist Episcopal Church in Marion in April. (Savannah Blake/The Gazette)

Seven brownfield or greyfield projects in the corridor received Iowa Economic Development Authority tax credits totaling $5.6 million on Friday — with three of the projects raking in $1 million or more.

Leader in dollar amount was 1277 Eighth Ave LLC for the refurbishment of former First Methodist Episcopal Church in Marion, with $1.5 million.

Built in 1896, the building was last home to the Pentecostals of Greater Cedar Rapids.

The IEDA stated that “The project includes the partial demolition of the former church annex, the preservation of the historic sanctuary and bell tower for renovation into a new upscale restaurant and brewery, and the construction of a new six-story multi-family building containing 71 new-market apartments. “

The tax credit for the church project depends on the submission of the financing notices within three months.

First and First West LLC in Cedar Rapids, The $81.5 million 11-building urban land development on the west side of the Cedar River has received a maximum loan of up to $1 million. The land adjacent to Interstate 380 has been vacant since the 2008 flood, the IEDA found.

Up to $1 million in tax credits were also awarded DMOV LCCfor demolition of buildings and construction of mixed-use buildings former location of Loftus Lumber900 Third St. SE, in the New Bohemia District.

The other brownfield or greyfield projects in the corridor that received tax credits from the IEDA were:

  • LTRI LLC – $900,000 for the redevelopment of mostly vacant land, from 1218 to 1310 Third St. SE, also in the New Bohemia District, for a mixed-use building.
  • Williams Synergy Group – $850,000 to rehabilitate or demolish three echo-damaged buildings at 507 Eighth Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids to make room for an OB/GYN office building.
  • Modern Home Builders – $251,000 to demolish a vacant drive-through bank at 1627 Hamilton St. SW, Cedar Rapids to make way for four triplex homes.
  • Butterfield Holdings LLC – $100,000 for the redevelopment of a commercial building at 1003-1007 Sixth St. SE in the Oakhill Jackson neighborhood of Cedar Rapids into a four-unit condominium.

According to IEDA, brownfield sites are “abandoned, unused or underutilized industrial or commercial property where actual or perceived pollution prevents productive expansion or redevelopment”.

Greyfield sites are defined by IEDA as “abandoned public buildings, industrial or commercial sites that are vacant, derelict, obsolete or otherwise underutilized.

“A gray area has been developed and has infrastructure, but the current use of the property is obsolete or prevents better or more efficient use of the property.”

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