City Council approved a contract to provide conceptual and preliminary designs for a marina building to be located on former River Road right-of-way near the Manatt’s plant. An adjoining vacant lot that formerly served as a part of the nearby John Deere campus will be used for surface parking. Environmental investigations currently being conducted on each property under the EPA Brownfields Grant are critical to advancing the project.
The proposed facility will be part of a larger marina district that tentatively includes a fueling station, 18 boat rental slips, and pontoon boat rental all served by the Cedar Valley Trail System. The improvements are part of the 2015 Iowa Reinvestment District approval that receives state sales and room tax funding for the Cedar Valley TechWorks campus. A Black Hawk County Gaming Association award to the Waterloo Development Corp. paid for the study.