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Waterloo Goodwill plans thwarted by city regulations

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - With the Goodwill on Hammond Drive no longer open for business, the corporation was looking for a new place to open its doors.

Goodwill was originally looking at the plot next to Biolife in Crossroads Mall.

"In order for us to put a building on the land that we wanted to purchase, we had to set it back 25 feet," said David Boyd, president of Goodwill Industries of Northeast Iowa.

He calls it unanticipated city requirements.

"I think they wanted it to be in the line of sight with other buildings, but that's really a question for planning and zoning," Boyd said.

So we asked about the 25 feet.

"Aesthetics is important, also visibility as it develops over time," says Waterloo planning and development director Noel Anderson. "There's a slight curve there on Crossroads, and we want people to see all the businesses when they're shopping."

But that wouldn't work for Goodwill, because it wouldn't leave them enough space in the back parking lot.

"Doing that, we wouldn't be able to turn our trucks around, and that makes the property not usable for us," says Boyd.

He says they're working on plans for other locations next year. However, with winter here, they wouldn't be able to start construction until next spring.

So for now, Boyd says, customers can shop at their other locations around the Cedar Valley.

He also says both Goodwill and the city are working together to help find a new location for a store in Waterloo. 
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