City weighs merits of development costs

Iola City Council members are considering an incentives package for a developer who wants to build duplexes at the north edge of town for moderate-income families.

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January 10, 2023 - 3:08 PM

A developer wants to build a series of duplexes on land that formerly was the Cedarbrook Golf Course and has since been developed for other housing. Photo by Richard Luken / Iola Register

Iola City Council members will mull over a request for an incentives package to entice a developer to build a series of duplexes at the north edge of town.

The request from Gabriel Woodman of Merak Development, Springfield, Mo., comes with a stiff price tag, Council members acknowledged Monday. 

Woodman has requested the city extend at least two blocks of streets into the undeveloped land at what was once Cedarbrook Golf Course, at an expected cost of $1 million. 

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