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Residents ask Iowa City City Council not to build convenience store, council agrees

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Residents of one Iowa City neighborhood are breathing a sigh of relief. The Iowa City City Council decided against rezoning a piece of land and changing a neighborhood plan.

Kum and Go wanted to build a new convenience store at the intersection of Muscatine Avenue and Scott Boulevard.

Neighbors feared what a store could do to the area and several pleaded with the city council not to grant a request for zoning changes that would allow the store to be built. At the August 20th meeting, neighbors said they felt the convenience store would have a negative impact on their growing area of Iowa City.

Several representatives from Kum and Go, and supporters of the store, spoke at the meeting as well. They shared designs they felt would help make the store more aesthetically pleasing, which was a concern of some neighbors.

Ultimately the city council decided to leave the zoning and Southeast District Plan as is, meaning a Kum and Go will not be allowed. This decision was heavily influenced by the city's Planning & Zoning Commission and city staff who had recommended that no changes should be made.

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