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CHARLES CITY, Iowa – It’s supposed to be a huge project in Charles City to attract more residents downtown to live and shop, but an oversight by the city means a zoning ordinance is standing in the way of construction.
An ordinance from 2005 says it’s illegal to have dwellings in the B-2 zone, which is Charles City’s downtown area.
John Fallis, City Engineer of Charles City, says folks have been living above the downtown businesses for years now, and say there must have been an oversight with the ordinance
“Currently in B-2 zoning district, dwelling units are prohibited so in order to have the McQuillen Place with dwelling units on first floor that’s what we have to get taken care of and get an amendment passed,” said Fallis.
He says another problem they ran into was the expected height of the McQuillen Place once it’s built.
A meeting will be held to hear from the public about amending these ordinances.