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Plans to Give Ushers Ferry a Face lift

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The City of Cedar Rapids is moving forward with one of its last recovery projects, from the floods of 2008.

Flood waters inundated Ushers Ferry and now Parks and Rec plans to renovate by adding a new park facility.

Ushers Ferry, it's one of the few remaining sites affected by the floods of 2008 that have yet to see a rebirth.

"It's exciting. To realize...anybody in this city who put up with the flood or got flooded understands where we are coming from, said Teresa White, Ushers Ferry Sit Supervisor.

The plan is to build 7,200 square foot lodge that will serve 300 people.

Site supervisor Teresa white says the hall is a way of replacing the buildings that were destroyed in 2008.

"16 of our 36 buildings were destroyed so we took project money for those and instead of rebuilding those buildings in the flood plain, we chose to take that alternate money and use it towards the lodge, she said.

The cost is almost 1.2 million.

More than 900,000 of that amount is coming from FEMA, with the city of cedar rapids having to match part of it with money from their capital improvement funds.

"So the city is bringing in about 400 or 500 thousand dollars to the cost of construction, said Sven Leff, Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Director.

He says studies from 2008 and 2010 show that the city lacks indoor facility spaces and this new plan is a way to bring about change.

"These things are going to be really nice enhancements to the park and city system for serving people in whatever different forms of use that comes out there."

The next step is to take proposals from contractors.The city hopes to have the whole project done by August 31st.
 
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