Iowa City Update is a weekly video program designed to keep you informed on projects and programs being brought to you by the City of Iowa City. Each week you can learn about the exciting events and important topics taking place in our great city. Here is what you can expect to learn in this week's episode: 

A new senior housing development is moving forward with construction plans. The Diamond Senior Apartments will be built from 1030 to 1070 William Street, which is located just a few blocks north of Mercer Park on Iowa City's eastside. The plan will feature a new 40-unit housing project, including 36 low-income apartments. Demolition will take place over the winter, with construction beginning in the spring

Help celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking part in the Day of Service. Organized by several groups, including the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, the event will be held on Jan. 16th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Grant Wood Elementary School. There will be a full day of service projects, performances, children's activities and more. To learn more about opportunities to volunteer or donate items, contact RaQuishia Harrington at 319-354-7989, or

Filing a discrimination claim through the City is now easier thanks to a new, online form. With the idea of allowing easier access and 24/7 service, the Iowa City Human Rights Office created the online form to streamline the process. You may still file a written complaint at the Human Rights Office in City Hall. Areas currently covered by local anti-discrimination laws include: employment, housing, public accommodation, credit and education. For further information contact the Human Rights Office at 319-356-5022 or email

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Date of publication

Monday, January 09, 2017