MedQuarter Master Development PlanCedar Rapids, Iowa
The Cedar Rapids Medical Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (Medical SSMID) was established in 2009 as a result of two previous planning projects that were undertaken to address the impacts of the 2008 flooding on Cedar Rapids’ downtown. The Lakota Group, along with S.B. Friedman and Anderson-Bogert Engineers, led the master planning process to develop Cedar Rapids as a medical destination, where many health care needs are met in one area near the downtown core. Working closely with the SSMID Commission and master planning steering committee, Lakota engaged the District’s private practicing physicians and its three major medical providers, Mercy Medical Center, Unity Point Health-St. Luke’s Hospital and Physicians Clinic of Iowa, to maximize community input and pair it with the knowledge and experience of those who utilize it daily to develop a plan that will create jobs, fuel economic development, improve the city’s tax base, and enhance the quality of life within the community.
The Medquarter Master Development Plan won an award from the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association for Urban Design in 2014.