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Don't Slow Development for Forest


Iowa City Press-Citizen

March 8, 2006

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We're amazed to hear that the planning for the $200 million Villages of Tiffin is in a holding pattern ("Rain forest slows Tiffin planning," March 7). It's not our job to tell private developers how to conduct their business, but after so many years of promises from the Environmental Project, we would strongly advise that no one put any plans on hold waiting for word on where the proposed $180 indoor rain forest will be located.

Tiffin is going to grow whether or not the Environmental Project chooses to locate its rain forest on I-80, in southern Johnson County or in some other county all together. Coralville has already begun looking into other options for the land, and no other private or public entity should put its future on hold for this project.