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Chicago-based developer CA Ventures has finally had a site plan approved by Iowa City staff for a 13-story mixed-use building at 21 S. Linn Street, with a proposed 226-unit, 2,511-square-foot building. commercial space. The application process began in early February, but staff rejected four rounds of site plan reviews until they accepted […]

Chicago-based developer CA Ventures has finally had a site plan approved by Iowa City staff for a 13-story mixed-use building at 21 S. Linn Street, with a proposed 226-unit, 2,511-square-foot building. commercial space.

The application process began in early February, but staff rejected four rounds of site plan reviews until they accepted the most recent proposal. The site plan was approved on August 26.

CA Ventures, which also owns RISE at 435 S. Linn Street and LATITUDE at Iowa River Landing, has long sought to build on the site of the former US Bank drive-thru, but a long process ahead of Iowa City Board of Adjustment in August 2021 resulted in a 3-2 vote that rejected the proposal.

The site of a future 13-story skyscraper, awaiting city approval. CREDIT NOAH TONG

The US Bank property was demolished in December 2021 by Peterson Contractors. Axiom Consultants is listed as the engineering firm associated with the proposed building.

The next step for CA Ventures is to submit an acceptable building permit application which will also be reviewed by staff, according to lead planner Anne Russett in an email. As of September 8, city staff had not received any building permit applications for the property.