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Riverside, Tiffin Want Iowa's Rain Forest
Des Moines Register
December 9, 2005
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Backers of the project announced this week they will welcome other proposals after failing to come to terms with the city of Coralville.
Dubuque and Des Moines officials also are studying the project, which has been in the works for about a decade and still doesn't have a home. The Iowa Environmental Project would include a three- to four-acre enclosed rainforest, a million-gallon aquarium, an education center and prairie plantings.
The Riverside site would
be across the street from a casino now under construction, a development
that includes a new hotel, said casino representative Glenn Patton.
Regency Homes and High Development Corp. are pitching a 202-acre site just west of the Tiffin exit off Interstate Highway 80, near the interchange with Interstate Highway 380.
Company vice president Jim Angstman said the heavily wooded spot offers easy interstate access but also would give the secluded feeling rain forest backers want.