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Sep 10, 2014: Council moves ahead with northern growth development plans

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Sep 10, 2014: City Council moves ahead with northern growth development plans

By Gavin Aronsen
Staff Writer

On the first of three readings, the Ames City Council approved the first rezoning of one of the northern growth area properties annexed last December at its meeting Tuesday night.

The property, owned by Friedrich Land Development LLC of Ames, occupies 79 acres between Ada Hayden Heritage Park to its immediate south and 190th Street to its north. Friedrich wants to build between 225 and 365 units of low- and medium-density housing units on the site.

After receiving assurances from city planners that the developer would take steps to protect Ada Hayden, including establishing a buffer zone along the lake — one of four agreed-upon conditions for building — the council voted unanimously to proceed with rezoning the property, which was previously used to grow beans and corn.

“We’re really excited about this project,” Friedrich said. “It’s a beautiful piece of property.

“We are as sensitive about caring about Ada Hayden as you are.”

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