Public Meeting Planned in Ottumwa for Riverfront Project

By Jason Van Arkel, October 09, 2019

The City of Ottumwa and the Ottumwa Legacy Foundation have scheduled a public meeting for Monday, October 28th at Bridge View Center to discuss the proposed Riverfront Project.

According to a release from the city, the project focuses on the north side of the Des Moines River, and includes  riverfront housing, intermodal transportation improvements, private investment and a waterfront “Electric Park.” Residents who attend the public meeting will learn more details about the Electric Park, and be able to provide feedback about all facets of the proposed development.

“Other communities have recognized the importance of their riverfront and how it can be an economic driver for their community,” said Mayor Tom Lazio in the statement.  “We have seen the successes of communities like Dubuque and Burlington – now it is Ottumwa’s turn.”

The city calls the riverfront “an asset yet to be fully developed,” and hopes the project can revitalize the city through economic development, tourism and an increased tax base. Ottumwa will submit a BUILD grant application in 2020 to assist in funding the project.

The public meeting goes from 5:00 to 7:00 on the evening of the 28th at Bridge View Center, and refreshments will be provided. You can learn more about the Riverfront Project at its website, https://www.ottumwariverfront.org.

 

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