By Gregg Hennigan
IOWA CITY — A real estate agent who is a big supporter of historic preservation announced on Monday his candidacy for a seat on the City Council.
Mark McCallum, 48, of 932 E. College St., is running for the District B seat currently held by Connie Champion. Champion, who has served on the council since 1998, said Monday she was undecided whether she would seek re-election.
McCallum said he wants to offer bonuses to developers to encourage diverse housing options downtown and in multifamily zones, delay the property tax recalculation for exterior improvements approved by the Historic Preservation Commission and waive fees required for siding and window replacements in historic and conservation districts.
“I think I can add something to the local debate about how Iowa City develops,” he said. “And if you look at my history, I’ve been involved with some creative projects around town and I look at things a little bit differently.”
McCallum is the original developer of the Brown Street Inn bed and breakfast and also owned and operated Brick House Apartments on College Street. He’s also known for having tried to save a 125-year-old house being used as a law office near downtown from demolition before the April 2006 tornado destroyed the building.
His current project involves converting a former sorority house to studio apartments.
McCallum also is a real estate agent at Iowa Realty. He has served on the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and as a board member of the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
He is a native of Waterloo and has lived in Iowa City for 23 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa.
In addition to the District B seat, two at-large seats currently held by Amy Correia and Mike O’Donnell are up for election. Challengers Susan Mims and Terry Dickens have announced their candidacies for those seats.
The first day for candidates to file is Aug. 10.
Candidate packets are now available in the City Clerk’s office in City Hall.