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Concerns Over Harrison Lofts Project In Davenport


Plans to replace a Davenport apartment building that burned down 3-years ago are moving forward. However, some are worried about the parking situation at the Hilltop Campus Village.

The 3-story apartment building will be built on Harrison between 14th street and 15th street. The project includes retail stores and 30 parking spots in the back of the building. Everyone involved with the project agrees that there is not enough parking and people are worried.

"We have a garage and 2 parking spaces. I'm afraid to come home and there won't be any place for me to park," say Linda Smith who lives behind the proposed apartment building.

Where will people park? That was the million dollar question about the$10-million project.

"Our goal is to find enough off street parking places so our residents can use to park their cars," says Jackie Nickolaus, Sherman Associates V.P. of Development.

The apartment complex will have 60-units. The plans include studios, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom apartments. To accommodate all the tenants the developer will need up to 80 parking spaces.

"We've worked with local owners who have excess off street parking for their businesses and they've agreed to lease a certain amount of spaces to our tenants," adds Nickolaus.

Officials with the Hilltop Campus Village are helping find available parking spots. The association wants to make sure the development gets off the ground.

"These are private sector dollars that are coming in to redevelop vacant ground," says Hilltop Campus Village Director Scott Tunnifcliff.

Tunnicliff is working with Iowa American Water to see if they will lease parking spaces near their water tower. The proposed lot is at 15th Street and Ripley.

"That intersection is one of the most heavily trafficked areas in the city," says Scott McLaughlin, who lives near the proposed apartment building, "There's a lot of traffic that come up at that intersection and there's numerous car accidents."

A final solution to the parking problem is still a few weeks away. Residents are hoping the apartment building will help revitalize the Hilltop area.

Smith adds, "I think it's going to be good for the community, I really do. I'm hoping some of the bad weeds go out and some of the good seeds come in."

The city currently owns the property. In order for the developer to purchase it, city council has to approve the design plans. Council members say if the developer comes to them with only 30-parking spaces aldermen might not approve the sale. If city council approves the sale, construction will start in September and the building will open by next summer.

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