CBJ Report: Donut Experiment coming to Cedar Rapids

CBJ Report: September 28

IC weighs 196-unit project for 'missing middle' housing

Southgate Developers' plans to build 196 housing units on a nearly 22-acre parcel in the area of South Gilbert Street and McCollister Boulevard in Iowa City will be considered for a conditional rezoning Thursday amid some opposition from nearby homeowners.

Plans for The Preserve@Sand Hill call for a mixture of rowhouse and townhome-style single-family units, and multifamily buildings in four-, eight- and 12-plex configurations, according to a staff report.

Members of the Sand Hill Estates Homeowners Association, representing owners of nearby single-family detached homes, have voiced concerns in "good neighbor" meetings and in letters, with some saying the uniform design of the "modern farmhouse-style" structures across so many blocks would detract from property values.

The project is one of the more ambitious attempts in Iowa City to provide "missing middle" housing - clustered or multi-unit dwellings in a walkable design built on a scale to blend with single-family detached housing. It requires rezoning from an ID-MF (intermediate development-multifamily) to a LDMF (low density-multifamily) classification.

City staff recommended approval of the development, which has the ability to provide needed housing both for working families and University of Iowa students, but with eight conditions. They include adding design standards to make the buildings more compatible with the "diversity of housing styles" in the surrounding area, density recommendations, landscaping requirements and providing pedestrian-safe streets.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall in Iowa City.

UI names J. Brooks Jackson to head UI Health Care

After an extensive national search, the University of Iowa has named J. Brooks Jackson as vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

An internationally recognized AIDS researcher, Dr. Jackson, 64, will lead UI Health Care, which is comprised of the Carver College of Medicine, UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Physicians.

Dr. Jackson has served as the vice president for health sciences and dean of the medical school at the University of Minnesota since 2014. In his role, he serves as the executive leader for the university's academic health center, which coordinates care and learning across six schools and colleges. He also serves as chair of the University of Minnesota Health board of directors and the University of Minnesota Physicians board.

"Dr. Jackson is an experienced and innovative leader who can lead University of Iowa Health Care in continued success," UI President Bruce Harreld said in a statement. "He has a proven track record of building research, education and clinical programs, and he will bring his great passion and talent here to Iowa."

Sue Curry, interim executive vice president and provost at the UI and a member of the search committee, said Dr. Jackson's depth of knowledge about the unique challenges of academic medicine set him apart.

Mr. Jackson succeeds Dr. Jean Robillard, who served as dean of the Carver College of Medicine from 2003-2008 and from 2016 to the present, as well as vice president for medical affairs beginning in 2007. Dr. Robillard announced in September 2016 that he would step down once a new leader was named. Dr. Jackson, whose appointment is pending approval from Board of Regents, will receive an annual salary of $825,000.

Donut Experiment coming to Cedar Rapids

Donut lovers will have some freedom of expression next month when Donut Experiment opens its first Corridor location at 5300 Fountains Drive NE.

The concept offers fresh-baked vanilla cake donuts, and encourages customers to choose their own icings and toppings. The icings include chocolate, maple, caramel, vanilla, glaze or raspberry drizzle. Fruity Pebbles cereal, Reese's Pieces candy, Oreo cookie pieces and graham crackers make up some of the more popular toppings.

"We'll also have specialty donuts, such as key lime, banana and Sriracha," said franchisee Jennifer Bentley.

Beverage options will include hot and iced coffees, including espresso, latte and cappuccino, and an assortment of specialty soft drinks not previously available in the area.

Donut Experiment expects to open around Thanksgiving in the former Mathnasium space at The Fountains, according to Ms. Bentley. It will be open mornings and early afternoons.

"Basically, the customer is just the mad scientist behind whatever they would like on their donut," she said.

Pivot Real Estate of Cedar Rapids handled leasing for the property.