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Kingston Village sees growth in Cedar Rapids

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A city once literally under water continues to rise, businesses are pouring into the Kingston Village area of Cedar Rapids. 

Several business owners told us they see Kingston Village as the next up and coming area in the city after Newbo. 

Newbo is a vibrant part of the city that revitalized after the flood of 2008. 

"We've seen a lot of revitalization in the Newbo area, downtown, and now this is kind of Kingston Village's turn," says Travis Flenker, Owner or Thew Brewing. 

Thew is expected to open in Kingston Village sometime next month. 

"We just want to see this part of town get back up and on its feet," says Flenker. 

A new restaurant called Local Pour Street Food is expected to open sometime next month as well. 

"This area is really blowing up right now it's the perfect opportunity to get in," says Justin Zehr, Partner at Local Pour Street Food. 

"You could just see the potential and you could see the growth that was coming," Tim Kindl told us, Partner at Local Pour Street Food. 

The owners handy work can be throughout the restaurant from the tables to the art work on the walls and hub caps used for lighting. 

Around the corner Dash Coffee Roasters has been open for just about three months. 

"People are excited for the growth and so they are just rushing in to get anything new, so it's been really fun," says Rebecca Davidson, Co-Owner at Dash Coffee Roasters. 

But it's not just businesses investing in Kingston Village, developers are too. 

"The view is just icing on the cake," says Fred Timko, Owner of Down to Earth Development. 

Kingston Village boasts a riverfront and skyline view of downtown Cedar Rapids. 

More and more housing units continue to be built including row houses which are in the works right now. 

In fact the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance says one thing that makes Kingston Village different from Newbo is the emphasis on housing with a big focus on condos and apartments that have riverfront views. 

All of the growth is despite the potential of another flood, partly because of faith in flood protection. 

"We've got all the confidence in the world that eventually we are going to get flood protection on both sides of the river," Timko says. 

But confidence also comes from having faith in the community.

"There's that ease of mind that people will be there to help you out," says Davidson. 

"If it happens again, you know we're from Cedar Rapids and we'll rebuild it again," Zehr told us. 

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