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Neighbors try to supplement state senator’s lawsuit against railyard

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - A group of neighbors in the Rompot neighborhood of Southeast Cedar Rapids are trying to get added to a state senator's lawsuit challenging a new railyard.

Neighbors opposing the development, which was approved by the city council in mid-December, formed a nonprofit in January and are seeking an "intervention" in a lawsuit by State Senator Rob Hogg, (D) Cedar Rapids.

Sen. Hogg filed a lawsuit in December, along with his wife, against the city's decision; saying the city unjustly changed it's Future Land Use Map to allow for development in a residential neighborhood.

Members of the nonprofit "Protect the Prairie Park Corridor" now have to prove they have standing in Hogg's case.

"They aren't theoretical, they're real concerns," James Larew said, a lawyer representing the group.

Larew says community members in the group want an eventual hearing in Hogg's case.

Agriculture company Cargill has been looking to add a railyard near it's Cedar Rapids plant for over a year, saying it's needed for the economic viability of the plant.

Cargill has roughly 475 employees working in Cedar Rapids, according to a city web page for the project. Some neighbors have expressed support for the project, saying Cargill helped them fight flooding in 2008 and has been a good neighbor.

Travis Breese

Reporter, Iowa City

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