Mount Mercy University has announced the completion of the purchase of Terex property to develop a multi-purpose athletic facility. The property, located at 909 17th Street NE in Cedar Rapids, consists of 36.4 acres, of which 22 acres are now owned by the university. Mount Mercy filed a rezoning application to the City of Cedar Rapids in February to begin the transition from industrial to office/service, which will allow for the property to become a space for athletics.
“We are delighted to make this announcement and to expand our campus,” said Mount Mercy University Athletic Director Scot Reisinger. “For nearly 40 years, our students have been using other facilities for practices and home games. We have a new space that will enhance our community and serve as a place for several of our outdoor programs to call home.”
The Terex property has been vacant since 2010 and neighbors include residential and commercial properties. J.W. Bell, a distributor and subcontractor of Terex has purchased the remaining 12.4 acres, located directly to the north.
The athletic complex is a university investment with significant donor support. The complex will provide space for 6 of our 15 intercollegiate athletic teams and 275 total student athletes, enriching campus life, student engagement, and enhancing intramural programs. Donor opportunities and naming rights remain available for the athletic complex.
“As Mount Mercy moves into the next steps of this process, this investment will transform the property from an idle, industrial space into a usable green space that will provide new resources for the university and ultimately the Cedar Rapids community,” Interim President Norm Nielsen, Ph.D., said.
This is the second announcement regarding campus expansion within a year for Mount Mercy. In the fall of 2012, Mount Mercy announced plans for the Mount Mercy University CRST International Graduate Center, which is scheduled to open in time for fall classes.