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Cargill proposing new rail-yard, neighbors nearby have plan of their own

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — Cargill has plans to build a new railyard in Cedar Rapids but where they want to build it is stirring up controversy.

Cargill has plans to build an 18-track storage railyard between Otis Road and the Prairie Park Fishery Nature Area.

Currently, Cargill uses Union Pacific’s railyard to house cars that aren’t in use and now they want to build one of their own to become more efficient.

A spokesman with Cargill, Dan Pulis, the Cedar Rapids corn milling facility manager said in a statement that the company considered five locations. The current proposed location is being met with opposition.

On average 25 cars load at the Cargill Corn Milling Facility every day. It makes for a lot of moving parts because their railyard is miles away. Now they want to change that.

However, the area they’re proposing, a privately owned cornfield between Otis Road and the Prairie Park Fishery, has got neighbors and nature lovers concerned.

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids

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