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Construction delayed on TechWorks project

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TechWorks will be a center for business, manufacturing and tourism, which is a $50 million deal. It's planned on the west end of downtown. Construction was supposed to begin at the end of August, but is now scheduled to start in December.

Cary Darrah, the General Manager of TechWorks, says they are still working on the site design. It's also coming down to making sure the plans meet EPA and DNR standards. Because this was an industrial site, plans need to be environmentally friendly.

"While the site is cleaned up according to EPA standards we still have several procedures and policies we have to follow according to the EPA and DNR in order for the developments to be acceptable to their terms," said Darrah.

Those who live nearby say construction could not start soon enough. They see the TechWorks project as adding value to their neighborhood and to their property.

Carol Crandall is a Real Estate Agent for Garris Robert Realtors in Waterloo. They currently have two listings in Winterbottom Lofts which are just across the street from the TechWorks site.

Crandall says there is already a great deal of interest in the area and it's only expected to increase when construction is complete.

"It's the urban living feel that a lot of people are after that. Those coming from out of town look for that. We're getting more of downtown so it should definitely add value over time when every thing is accomplished," said Crandall.

"Yes, it is still progressing. There are a lot of steps we have to go through both from the EPA standpoint and the tax credit stand point but it's still coming along and it's still going to happen. It's still going to be a real great opportunity for Waterloo to showcase exactly what's going on down here," said Darrah.

The east side of the building will be a 100 room hotel, the west side will be turned into the John Deere Regional Training Center as well as an education center for Hawkeye Community College.

Construction is expected to last a year, once it begins. TechWorks officials hope for opening in the spring of 2014.

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