December 15, 2017

By Dave DeWitte
Corridor Business Journal

The driving range and mini-golf course that long greeted travelers entering Marion from the east is quickly transforming into a major mixed-use development that will extend the city’s retail scene east of Highway 13 for the first time.

The first business, Dupaco Community Credit Union, is rapidly taking shape at what has been named Squaw Creek Crossing, after the waterway and county park a few miles south. A large Kwik-Trip convenience store will soon follow, site plans submitted to the city show.

Developer Brian Ridge of Garling Construction unveiled the $50 million project in January, and his investment group, Squaw Creek Crossing Inc., has since acquired the former Village Green Driving Range.

“Hopefully, you’re going to see a convenience store and a hotel coming out of the ground in the spring or summer of 2018,” said Jim Angstman of Coldwell Banker Hedges Realty, who is marketing the 20-acre gateway development at the busy intersection of highways 151 and 13.

One of the future drivers of traffic at the development is happening a few miles north, as work begins on the huge Prospect Meadows baseball complex that will attract scouting events hosted by Perfect Game USA. A study conducted for GO Cedar Rapids, the metro’s convention and visitors bureau, estimated 60,000 out-of-town visitors will attend tournaments at Prospect Meadows each year, generating an additional $4.25 million in lodging expenditures and $8.25 million in food and beverage sales.

Talks are advancing with two developers interested in building hotels in Squaw Creek Crossing, Mr. Angstman said. While feeling positive about its prospects for at least one hotel, he said the hotel developers are still working through the financing stage and aren’t ready to commit.

The planned development has space for offices, apartments and mixed retail. A couple of the more visible parcels on the outer perimeter of the development are tentatively designated for attractive restaurants, Mr. Angstman said. A sale is also pending on one 1.75-acre parcel at Hennessey Parkway and Highway 13, the largest in phase one of the development, according to the project’s website. That property is being offered at $18 per square foot, the same rate as the previous one-acre parcel acquired by Dupaco.

Phase two of the project calls for a three-acre, 72-unit multifamily development. Although a developer has not claimed the site, studies by the city of Marion have shown a deficiency in workforce housing, and the potential exists for state workforce housing tax credits.

The 100-room hotel will anchor a new development in the city

May 15, 2018

January 24, 2018

Prospect Meadows ball complex breaks ground

welcome

By Matthew Patane
The Gazette


Dupaco Community Credit Union has opened its first branch in Marion, but also closed an office in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The Dubuque-based credit union first announced it would build the Marion branch, 5970 Carlson Way, in July 2017. Dupaco has described the Marion branch as a “full-service learning lab” that has services to teach customers how to better handle their finances.

The 7,140-square-foot building is one of the first in an under-construction development called Squaw Creek Crossing, at the northeast corner of Highways 13 and 151 in Marion.

First phase expected by spring 2019, with millions left to raise

September 5, 2017

May 31, 2018

Marion retail scene jumps Highway 13

Dupaco Community Credit Union opens first Marion branch

New hotel coming to Marion

The First Street is in!

By Matthew Patane
The Gazette


Dupaco Community Credit Union has opened its first branch in Marion, but also closed an office in downtown Cedar Rapids.

The Dubuque-based credit union first announced it would build the Marion branch, 5970 Carlson Way, in July 2017. Dupaco has described the Marion branch as a “full-service learning lab” that has services to teach customers how to better handle their finances.

The 7,140-square-foot building is one of the first in an under-construction development called Squaw Creek Crossing, at the northeast corner of Highways 13 and 151 in Marion.

By Marissa Payne
The Gazette


Officials working to make the Prospect Meadows baseball and softball complex a reality gathered with baseball fanatics Thursday to celebrate finally stepping onto home base, raising $11.3 million for the project so far — enough to begin work on the project’s first phase.

While still shy of the $13.6 million goal for initial construction, the officials said work is set to start next week on the site of the future 17-field complex, located on county-owned land on the southeast corner of County Home Road and Highway 13 near Marion.

The first phase of the project is expected to open in spring 2019. It will include eight fields and amenities such as concessions and restrooms, plus a “Miracle Field” with a rubberized surface and wheelchair accessible dugouts made especially for children with disabilities — the only field of its kind in Eastern Iowa.

The second phase of construction, during which the remaining eight fields will be built, is not anticipated to start until fall 2021 and may not end until 2023.