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Developers discuss proposed apartment complex in Garner with public

“I’m here to see if this is something that the town of Garner can really benefit from.”

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017 8:59 PM
Updated: Nov. 15, 2017 6:23 AM

GARNER, Iowa- Just before the regularly scheduled Garner City Council meeting on Wednesday, Eastern Iowa developers are looking to answer questions about a proposed apartment complex that would be built on the grounds where the dilapidated US Army Reserve building currently sits.

“I’m here to see if this is something that the town of Garner can really benefit from,” says Tim Hayworth, a resident of Garner who lives across from the building.

According to city staff, the army reserve building on West 5th St. hasn’t been used in the last 12-15 years. Hayworth says he is optimistic about the project, but says he wants to find out if this would be a good fit for the community.

“I’d like to see high-end apartments being built,” he says. “I’d like to see hard-working people move in starting a new life. Garner is a growing community.”

City leaders say the last time a complex like this proposal was built was in the late 70s. City Administrator Randy Lansing says a recent survey conducted on the town shows they need around 66 rental properties in the town of Garner and this project would fulfill that need. But those in the community are worried about the rent prices, which is listed anywhere from $900 to $1,200 a month.

“My wife and I make good money and we wouldn’t be able to afford that kind of rent,” says Kevin Hayworth.

Kevin is also in favor of the project, but says it needs to be done right.

“I’d like to see it go through, but it needs to be paid for and done right,” he says.

And if the project is not what the community wants, both hope this building is still torn down.

“Lets move on to something else,” says Kevin. “Maybe put a park in there for the kids, or a daycare.”

“I’ve always thought the building should have been torn down years ago,” says Tim. “We could tear it down and break up the property to build more houses.”

The project was not on the council agenda Wednesday, meaning they did not take any action on the proposal.

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