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July 29, 2020 | The Gazette
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Judge Sides with Cedar Rapids in Cargill Rail Yard

Project in limbo pending ruling on separate rezoning case

Contentious plans for Cargill to build a $6.5 million rail yard in Cedar Rapids, IA, remain in limbo. A judge ruled in one lawsuit filed against the city that the city council’s vote to change the future land use map was "supported by evidence," reports The Gazette.

A related case remains in litigation.

Sixth District Court Judge Mary Chicchelly ruled Friday in favor of the city and Cargill, but in her ruling said the court “will not substitute its judgment as to the wisdom or propriety of Defendant’s action when the reasonableness of the (future land use map) is fairly debatable,” as shown by discussion surrounding the plaintiffs’ contention.

The council’s approval in December on rezoning and amending the future land use map gave Cargill the green light to build a 12-track, 200-car rail yard despite some Cedar Rapids residents’ opposition. The project will be on 28 acres of city-owned land.

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