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Five Finalists Make the Cut for Redevelopment of Property at College and Gilbert Street

The five finalists will give presentations to the council at its work session on Nov. 26.


A month ago, the City of Iowa City announced that it had formed a review committee to consider nine redevelopment proposals for a coveted spot currently occupied by the old Wilson's Sporting Goods building and formely occupied by the now demolished bus depot at the intersection of College and Gilbert Streets.

The Wilson's Sporting Goods building is currently housing the Iowa City Bike Library which has already decided to move to a different location.

According to a city media release, of these nine proposals, the review committee has recommended five finalists (I have included the original description provided for each project in italics:

1. 4 Zero 4, represented by Tim Dwight and Jake Christensen

This proposal is for an eight-story building including the New Pioneer Co-op and the Bike Library on the first floor, two floors of office space, and five floors of efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments. 

This proposal is for a LEED Platinum building attempting to achieve net-zero energy living units and energy-efficient commercial space; over 1,300 photovoltaic panels are proposed on the exterior of the building. Tim Dwight is the primary contact for this project.

2. The Chauncey, represented by Steve Rohrbach 

This proposal is for a 20-story building including two movie theaters operated by FilmScene, a bowling alley and cafe on the first floor, three floors of office space, a 35-unit hotel, and 12 floors of studio, one- and two- bedroom residential units.

This proposal is for a mixed-use facility with a target of 20% minimum of the residential units being available for workforce housing. The proposal includes upgrading Chauncey Swan Park. Steve Rohrbach is the primary contact for this proposal.

3. Chauncey Gardens, represented by Jesse Allen

This proposal is for an 18-story building including the New Pioneer Co-op on the first floor, one floor of retail/restaurant, two floors of office space, one floor of resident amenities, and 13 floors of studio, one- and two-bedroom residential units.

This proposal envisions constructing a building on the current Chauncey Swan Park site, and converting the existing Greyhound/Wilson Building/substation site to a new Chauncey Swan Park/outdoor amphitheater. The studio units in the proposal are identified as workforce housing units. Jesse Allen is the primary contact for this proposal.

4. Ryan Companies / Iceberg Development, represented by Marc Gullickson and Jim Berg

This proposal is for a five-story building including the New Pioneer Co-op on the first floor, and four floors of studio, one- and two-bedroom condos.

The proposal indicates a desire to pursue LEED certification for the building, including a green roof, solar panels, and a roof-top cistern collection system. Jim Bergman and Marc Gullickson are the primary contacts for this proposal.

5. Sherman Associates, represented by George Sherman and Jackie Nickolaus

This proposal is for a 13-story building including New Pioneer Co-op on the first floor, one floor of office, and 11 floors of workforce housing rental units.

The proposal indicates a desire for 100% of the residential units to be targeted for workforce housing. A second option presented in the proposal is for a six-story building with commercial (Co-op) on the first floor and five floors of residential. George Sherman is the primary contact for this proposal. 

Here's a link to the proposals in PDF format.

According to the city release, public presentations of the five proposals are scheduled as part of a City Council work session on Monday, Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. in Harvat Hall in City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street. The public is invited to attend, although there will be no public input at this time The presentations will be recorded and replayed on City Channel 4, and posted on the city's website. 

According to the city, the review committee consisting of representatives from the City Council, City Manager's Office, Department of Planning and Community Development, Department of Public Works and Engineering, and City Attorney's Office 

The public is invited to review the five proposals on the City's website at www.icgov.org/cgproject and submit e-mailed comments to the City via the link provided, at cgprojectinput@iowa-city.org. The public may also comment at the City Council's regular formal meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, which begins at 7 p.m. in Harvat Hall in City Hall, or submit written input to the City Council. 

The earliest the council could make a decision on its preferred development plan is Dec. 18, according to the release.

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