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Developers Offer Environmental Project Home Near Lake Red Rock

Associated Press/Gazette Online

February 1, 2006 3:37 PM

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 PELLA, IA - A Des Moines company's development plans along Lake Red Rock in central Iowa could include a proposed indoor rain forest once planned for Coralville.

DML Land Management filed an application Tuesday with the Iowa Child Institute to become home of the Environmental Project.

The $155 million project is expected to attract more than 1 million visitors a year. Officials are looking at other Iowa locations after failing to agree on a 22-acre site in Coralville.

Other locations being considered include Des Moines, Dubuque, Riverside, Grinnell and Tiffin. A final selection is expected in March.

Development along Red Rock Lake has been limited because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers controls nearly all property along the shore.

DML's plan includes condominiums, an indoor water park and retail and hotel space next to an existing golf course. Company officials said their development will continue even if the Pella site is not selected for the rainforest.