Iowa Arts News, Sept 2005
Two blocks down from the Matyk Building sits the Osada—an affordable apartment building housing many refugees. And right next door is Water Tower Place, a historic building being renovated and changed into upscale lofts through adaptive re-use. Despite the stark contrast in living situations, Richards believes the incoming residents will live peacefully with the diverse population that has called this area home for many generations.
“It’s a great thing to see this kind of development, where you can have housing for a wide range of economic segments co-existing, even next door to each other, without bringing about gentrification of the area,” Richards said.