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Rest easy Council Street NE homeowners; Jim Sattler has given up idea for a manufactured-home park; he’s got new plans, though

In City Hall on July 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Owners of newer, nicer homes along Council Street NE just south of Robins and north of the proposed Tower Terrace Road extension can breathe a little easier.

Jim Sattler, president of Jim Sattler Inc. Custom Homes, has given up his plan to build a manufactured home park in the neighborhood.

It is a plan neighbors had been fighting for at least three years and against which last September they had amassed more than 800 signatures on petitions in opposition.

Those signatures in that month helped prompt the City Planning Commission to reject Sattler’s latest version of a manufactured home park.

“I think you just get to a point where – we’re on our sixth year (of planning for the site) – you just say, ‘Let’s use the land for something. Let’s move ahead,’” Sattler explained on Thursday about his plans to give up on manufactured homes at the Council Street NE site.

Sattler now expects to appear in front of the City Planning Commission anew in August to seek a change in zone on 60-plus acres of land east along Council Street NE and north of the proposed Tower Terrace Road extension. He will seek an R-3 single-family home designation for much of the site where he would like to build 157 single-family homes. On the southern part of the site, he plans 35 to 45 condominium units.

Sattler said the lots for the single-family homes will be from 60 to 80 feet wide, with larger lots and more expensive homes next to existing homes. The larger-lot homeS might be in the $180,000 to $250,000 price range, while others elsewhere in the development will range from $130,000 to $160,000 or $180,000 on homes with garages.

Sattler said he was aware of the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s recent program to provide down payment assistance for 177 new residences in Cedar Rapids with prices at $180,000 or lower. All of that money has been spoken for, but Sattler said he hopes the state might provide a second round of such funding for some who might purchase a residence in his new development.

Some of those affected by the June 2008 flood likely will buy a home there, he said.

If his latest plans make it thorough the City Hall approval process, Sattler said he expects to start building homes in the spring, and he said it could take two to five years to build the project to completion depending on demand.

“Fortunately, I think Cedar Rapids is in a reasonably good position,” he said. “But I wouldn’t want to be overconfident.”

Sattler said he and property owner Ed Horn control about 130 acres, which is split by Council Street NE.

Development of the western part of the property will await planning for the Tower Terrace Road extension, though Sattler said he envisioned a mixed-use development there along what will be a major thoroughfare.

He called this spot “one of the last open spaces” left to build on in the Rockwell Collins area.