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Cargill Expects Iowa Rail Yard Open by Fall

After lengthy opposition, 12-track, 200-car yard will be available in November

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Cargill’s Cedar Rapids rail yard that would serve its corn milling facility is expected to be operational by November, reports Little Village.

It's been a lengthy process to get approval for the rail yard, with residents living in or near the neighborhood being vocal about their opposition to the plan.

The 12-track, 200-car rail yard will be built on city-owned property. Cargill will purchase the 28-acre property from the city and transfer ownership of the 23.5 acres of farm property to the city, said Eric Ruttum, a project build manager with Cargill.

The farm property will then be converted to a pollinator habitat. Cargill will pay for the creation of the habitat and three years of maintenance costs, Ruttum said. The habitat vegetation and design will be chosen by the city.

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