It won’t be long before Peck’s Landing will be open for business. The new retail center is located at the corner of Edgewood and Blairs Ferry roads.
The area just to the east of the center was once home to Peck’s Flower and Garden Shop, which was in operation for 61 years. The shop closed in 2017.
According to Hiawatha City Engineer, John Bender, if all goes well, the new tenants will be able to start moving in at the end of this month.
Bender said the development is the first phase of an even bigger project; an extension of Edgewood Road to Tower Terrace, and eventually to County Home Road. However, said Bender, the completion is still years away.
In addition to the new retail development, a new street, Peck’s Blvd., has been constructed between 18th Avenue and the new extension of Edgewood Road (the drive into the center), to help alleviate traffic in and out of the center.
Ahmann Companies are the developers of Peck’s Landing. They also developed 'The Fountains,' which is located across the street from Peck’s Landing. The company is also planning future developments along Edgewood Road, according to a recent article in the Gazette.
Other projects in the works for Hiawatha including a new stoplight at the corner of Willman Street and Center Point Road because of increasing traffic in that area. According to Bender, the project should be complete by late summer.
The City of Hiawatha is looking for the public's input regarding the Robins Road Corridor. An open house will be held Jan. 10 from 5-7 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room on the lower level of Hiawatha City Hall.
Bender said the city is also considering hiring a consultant to do a study of the railroad crossings in and around the city to see if a “quiet zone” is feasible for those areas.
Bender explained that some cities are choosing quiet zones, so they can do away with train whistles in some of the more populated areas. However, several factors have to be taken into consideration, including how well constructed the crossings gates are.
These crossings include Center Point Road, Emmons Street, Boyson Road, and Blair Ferry Road (with Cedar Rapids).
For more information about city projects visit the city’s website at hiawatha-iowa.com.
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