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Rompot residents seek to join lawsuit over Cargill’s construction of a new Cedar Rapids rail yard

The pushback against Cargill’s rail yard near the Rompot neighborhood and Prairie Park Fishery is continuing, and this week a group of Rompot residents filed motions seeking to join a pending lawsuit that challenges the Cedar Rapids City Council’s decisions to amend the future land use map and plan to rezone nearly 17 acres of land. […]

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‘Our community is still fighting this’: Protesters call out Cargill’s rail yard, environmental track record during CEO’s visit to Cedar Rapids

As Cargill CEO David MacLennan discussed the company’s future in Cedar Rapids, protesters across the street criticized the company’s environmental record and the contentious rail yard planned for construction next to the Rompot neighborhood. MacLennan, who was in town for the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance’s annual meeting […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council approves rezoning proposal for Cargill’s 12-track, 200-car rail yard next to Rompot neighborhood

The Cedar Rapids City Council voted for a final time in support of rezoning land next to the Rompot neighborhood and Prairie Park Fishery, giving Cargil the necessary approval to build their 12-track, 200-car rail yard. Cargill has been trying to get a rail yard for almost two years, with plans shifting back and forth between the city-owned property south of Stewart Road and the “farm property” on Otis Road. […]

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Cargill’s plan for a 200-car rail yard takes another step forward, as the Cedar Rapids City Council approves rezoning for a second time

Cargill is one vote away from being able to build a 200-car rail yard next to the Rompot neighborhood after an almost unanimous Cedar Rapids City Council approved the rezoning measure during its second reading on Tuesday. Cargill employees and Rompot residents filled the council chambers for the noontime meeting. Approximately 25 people spoke on […]

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Sen. Rob Hogg leads walking tours to show impact of proposed Cargill rail yard as next rezoning vote looms

Despite the Cedar Rapids City Council unanimously backing Cargill’s plans for a rail yard at its last meeting, Rompot residents aren’t giving up. It’s likely the company will receive permission to build its rail yard, but the rezoning proposal must be voted on two more times before the change happens. The votes are scheduled for the next two […]

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‘Don’t do this’: Rompot residents protest Cargill’s plan for a new Cedar Rapids rail yard at City Planning Commission meeting

A closely divided Cedar Rapids City Planning Commission (CPC) voted on Thursday to recommend approval of Cargill’s plan to build a 200-car rail yard along Stewart Road next to the Rompot neighborhood and near Prairie Park Fishery. The vote came at the end of a nearly four-hour meeting, during which many Rompot residents spoke out against the plan. […]

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Cedar Rapids City Council kills a proposed Cargill rail yard through inaction, but the company isn’t giving up on the project

Mayor Brad Hart said the proposal to allow Cargill to build an 18-track railyard would be the “most controversial decision” the Cedar Rapids City Council has faced in the last year and a half, but that decision never happened. The council never voted on the proposal that would have declared the rail yard an “essential service,” when it was […]

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