The Oskaloosa City Council will hold a public hearing July 1 on an amendment to the City’s urban renewal plan. While “urban renewal” may sound like something a larger city like Des Moines or Davenport might need, Oskaloosa Mayor David Krutzfeldt says cities of all size have one….and in fact, Oskaloosa has had an urban renewal plan since the late 1970s.
“Where it comes in to play, though, has to do with the development of parts of the city that we want to target. Areas that might be blighted and need to be renewed, or an area where there’s no development at all and we think that’s going to be part of the future development of the city.”
The proposed amendment to the urban renewal plan is bordered on the north by Stadium Drive and on the east by Green Street. It’s the proposed site of the new early childhood and recreation center that’s being built by the City and Oskaloosa School District. The public hearing will be July 1 during the Oskaloosa City Council’s regular meeting.