- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Council Bluffs City Council is set to vote on a proposed development near the city’s riverfront that would include multilevel office buildings, condo towers and apartment buildings.

Jay Noddle of Noddle Development Co. in Omaha, Nebraska, said the master plan for the long-vacant Playland Park near the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge would be similar to Ak-Sar-Ben Village in Omaha, Nebraska, just across the Missouri River, which his company developed.

The city council will vote on the proposal Monday, the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported (http://bit.ly/1ta9dFV ).

“We want to make sure that people can own their residence there or rent it,” Noodle said of his company’s plans for the development, if approved. “We want to make sure businesses can lease space or own their building.”

Bob Stratton, co-owner of Broadmoor Development Co., said his firm had similar plans if it wins a bid.

The plan includes a primary street, with pedestrian and bicycle ways, landscaping and on-street parking. Key development sites include an office block, containing two multi-level office buildings and a parking structure.

A two-to-four level office building is proposed that would offer views of the park, riverfront and downtown Omaha. The second structure includes a three- to six-level office building with a parking garage.

Also, two condo towers would sandwich another parking structure, which would be topped with three levels of apartments.

If approved, Mayor Matt Walsh says the next step would be to create a development agreement between the developers and the city.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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