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Regents approve UI purchases near Kinnick

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Julie Egli is getting one final glimpse of what's left of her family's home for 16 years.

"It's kind of sad, kind of bittersweet. We lived here so long and our kids grew up here," Egli said.

Egli, like many other property owners on the block, has sold to the University of Iowa.

"The whole neighborhood was filled with regular families with kids or just older people, but as time went on it became more of a university crowd so we kind of outgrew the neighborhood," Egli said.

The University now owns virtually the entire street that sits across from Kinnick stadium and the UI Hospitals and Clinics, after the Board of Regents approved the purchase of two rental homes on Melrose Place. 

Friday crews continued worked to clear the way for a 280 space parking area to be used during the construction of the brand new children's hospital.

"This is in the long term in the interest of the university a good arrangement and certainly well within the other properties that we own and nearby a very important area that's going to serve the children's hospital over the next several year," said Doug True, UI vice president finance and operations.

Over the years, it's been a constant fight for people living in this area to try to preserve the neighborhood's historic integrity.

With tailgaters and fans on game day Saturdays, and hospital traffic throughout the week, some fear the commercial potential will erode this normally quiet and historically significant neighborhood.

"There's kind of a constant pull between people who want to save things and people who want to come in with new things, and I think it's possible to find a balance," said Meagan McCollum of the Johnson County Historical Society.

 

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