Newbo Village –Commercial Real Estate Hub in downtown Cedar Rapids

Downtown Cedar Rapids has always been home to unique, family-owned businesses, but after the historic flood of 2008, many Cedar Rapidan’s were forced to reinvent themselves and start over. A complete restart was the best option, the only option in many cases. With numerous businesses and homeowners completely devastated by this unprecedented destruction of beloved shops, restaurants, community areas, downtown Cedar Rapids was presented an opportunity for the community to show its true colors, in an even brighter fashion than before.

Shortly after this catastrophic event, our city came together and formulated an action plan not just to restore the city to its original form, but to elevate downtown Cedar Rapids to an even greater level. The revitalization of downtown and the Newbo area sparked new ideas for locally owned business as well new developments such as mixed-use commercial real estate suites combined with luxury rentals never seen before in downtown Cedar Rapids. The upside of what was to come reenergized the community.

The City developed a vision for the area and were instrumental in providing the necessary funds needed to jump-start the area. Newbo Village is a testament to the commitment from the City and local builders to this determination. The Newbo City Market is the cornerstone of Newbo Village and is surrounded by both restored, historical buildings and new commercial real estate construction. The Newbo City Market opened its doors on October 27th, 2012 in the former Quality Chef building, previously an Iowa Steel and Iron warehouse, in over 18,000 square feet between 11th and 12th Avenues in what is now called Newbo Village.

Since the opening of Newbo City Market, the new development, the restoration of historical buildings and the re-opening of local businesses, Newbo Village has been an ongoing commercial real estate development boom. The Depot is located just behind the NewboCity Market and consists of four buildings with commercial real estate available for lease on the main floors with luxury residential Newbo Village apartment living above. The live/work concept at The Depot in Newbo Village is home to Collective Data, Involta, Office Evolution, Tallgrass Business Solutions, Carrier Acess and Robert Half with more to come. The Depot was built on what was a previously dirty site where commercial industrial company, Iowa Iron Works was located. The Depot gives residential apartment tenants the ability to live, work and play all in Newbo Village, and apartments on the upper levels are in high demand. Several restaurants are also located within walking distance of The Depot, and music venues and other crowd gathering events provide live entertainment in Newbo Village throughout the summer months.

Just up the street from The Depot, the 329 building is now complete with condominium homes on the 4th floor, and apartments for rent on the 2nd& 3rdfloors. The 329 Building is the perfect complement to the Newbo Village area. The main floor of the 329 building is comprised of for rent commercial real estate and is the current home to United Iowa Financial. The 329 building was designed to complement the existing architecture surrounding it as well as providing additional eating and working options for visitors to Newbo Village.

Renamed The National, the building at the corner of 12th Avenue and 3rd Street SE next to the 329 Building, is a historical building that was in desperate need of restoration after a fire destroyed the bar on the main floor in July of 2014.The National is now home to Brewhemia, a local café and bar, Caucho, an urban taco joint with many unique menu items, as well as an engineering company in the rear, HBK Engineering. The second and third floors of The National are now home to The Olympic Theatre, a wedding/party/live music venue further adding entertainment opportunities for visitors to the Newbo Village area.

Commercial real estate in Newbo Village is in high demand since the revitalization of the entire area, and with the new development of commercial real estate and the renovation of existing commercial real estate, the area is now one of the busiest places to live, work and play in downtown Cedar Rapids. With the addition of new commercial real estate such as The Depot, the 329 Building and The National, Newbo Village has much more to offer visitors to downtown Cedar Rapids than it did prior to the flood. The City has had a large impact on commercial real estate in the area providing assistance to local commercial real estate builders who were committed to rebuilding the area and creating Newbo Village. The future of Newbo Village has greater security barrier from future natural disasters with the addition of the flood protection walls that have been installed to buffer the commercial real estate in the area.

Additional commercial real estate property owned by the City, is still available for development between Newbo Village and Czech Village in downtown Cedar Rapids. If you are interested in buying or leasing commercial real estate in Newbo Village or you are interested in other commercial real estate in the Cedar Rapids Metro area, contact one of our commercial real estate listing agents to help you find your next commercial real estate property today.

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Meet Our Cedar Rapids Real Estate Professionals


Realtor, Q4 Real Estate

Craig received his BSBA in Commercial Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver in 2008.

Craig began his career in commercial real estate in 2008 assisting clients in the retail, office, industrial and multifamily industries. Some of Craig’s clients include Hy-Vee, Ryan Companies US, Inc., University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, University of Iowa Community Credit Union, Bank of the West as well as many other local, regional and national tenants and landlords.  Craig has developed over 225,000 square feet of retail, office and apartments properties and has been involved in over $36 Million of commercial real estate transactions since 2014. Since joining Q4 Real Estate in 2017, Craig has been instrumental in the successful representation of many Ahmann Properties including The Depot, The Fountains, Peck’s Landing and Edgewood Town Center.

Craig continues to serve on various boards of directors, both philanthropic and industry specific.

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Broker, Q4 Real Estate

Jason is an Investment Property Strategist, Commercial Real Estate Broker, and Capital Fundraiser who works directly with commercial real estate buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants. He earned his degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Real Estate and Finance. Jason brings 18 years of experience in commercial investment real estate and has represented local investment property owners, multi-million-dollar institutions, and fundraised for partnerships. Jason joined the Q4 Commercial Real Estate team in 2018 and has been busy leasing and selling properties for Ahmann Properties as well as representing other properties in the area markets.

Jason is married with three kids. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with family and friends, enjoys bicycling, hiking and outdoor activities, collecting and shooting guns, attending different Iowa sporting events, movies, and enjoys live shows.

Jason is the Broker at Q4 Commercial Real Estate, providing additional sales support with Craig Byers.

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