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Location recommended for one of final CR flood rebuilding projects

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Gary Stansbery of Cedar Rapids says the decision where to build a new rec center has been long overdue.

"It was just too much. Kids need something, and they need it now," he said.

The city has worked hard to find a site appeasing both FEMA and residents.

Thursday, nearly five years of debating finally came to an end.  A task force recommended the Ellis Maintenance Garage area as the spot for a new Recreational Center.  The previous rec Center located in the Time Check neighborhood on the city's Northwest side was washed away in 2008's flood.

"It sits next to Ellis Park and all of the amenities, the baseball and the swimming pool," said Ann Poe, a council member who sat in on the task force.

FEMA is providing close to $3 million for the project, but taxpayers could still see a significant expense.

The city will have to demolish and rebuild the maintenance garage- something FEMA won't cover.

"They're  literally falling down and we're constantly just tweaking them and tweaking them so at some point we're going to have to invest in those anyway," Poe said.

Councilman Chuck Swore was the lone member of the task force to recommend the second option, a rec center next to Harrison Elementary.

Now all the talk is finally over.  

Good news for the families living in this neighborhood.

"I'm happy we're moving forward, it's going to the city council for a full vote, and now we've got to wait on FEMA," Stansbery said.

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