- Associated Press - Saturday, October 1, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City couple still have the green light to build a house that would resemble Kinnick Stadium after a city board split on whether to allow the structure in a residential neighborhood.

The Iowa City Board of Adjustment voted 2-2 Friday on an appeal from the neighborhood association, which is seeking to keep the 7,500-square-foot structure from being built, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported (https://icp-c.com/2dzASAO ). Board members Larry Baker and Gene Chrischilles voted against allowing the home, while members Becky Soglin and Tim Weitzel voted for it. Board member Connie Goeb, who has spoken out against the house, recused herself.

The tie leaves the city’s earlier approval granting a building permit unchanged.

Reed and Sandy Carlson have filed building plans for a house that would echo the 87-year-old University of Iowa stadium, complete with brick siding and a replica of the press box. The Neighbors of Manville Heights Association has since fought the plans, expressing concern about the home’s size, the potential for big parties, as well as drainage, fire safety and erosion.

Soglin and Weitzel said during the meeting that while the home could be used for tailgating, the building was correctly designated a single-family home by city staff, regardless of its design.

But Chrischilles said information presented at two previous meetings highlights inconsistencies in the city’s zoning code.

“I would strongly hope that the city would use this case as a springboard to look at and bring to the zoning board additions and amendments to its rules and regulations such that something like this isn’t ambiguous if it comes up again,” Chrischilles said.

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Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, https://www.press-citizen.com/

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