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A Resurgence In Downtown Davenport

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Recently, more downtown Davenport buildings are being renovated into lofts and apartments. It's just been announced that a local developer will turn the Union Arcade Building, located at 3rd and Brady, in 60-65 market-rate apartments. And more apartments downtown is encouraging more business development nearby.

"We do have business growth in what I call the new part of downtown Davenport, which is west of Gaines," said Davenport Alderman, Bill Boom.

A new twist on the old saying, "If you build it, they will come." More renters in the downtown area are having a direct effect on whether new businesses open up.

"It's a more substantial base to invest in," said Boom. "There's more confidence because there's more customers."

In one city block, Warren Street between River Drive and 2nd Street, five new businesses are moving in -- an ice cream shop, a QC Mart, a tobacco outlet, and two bar/restaurants.

"It's always a good thing when we have something new opening up," said Boom. "I think it shows the strength of downtown Davenport and how this is expanding and will continue to expand as Davenport grows." Boom also said business owners have a renewed confidence in that specific region just west of downtown, because crime is down.

"There was a time when some of the crime issues and other problems kept people away," he said. But the city has worked to clean up the longtime blighted area and a new citizen survey says it's working. Residents implying that they feel safer in the area than they have in years past.

"We're winning the perception wars," said Boom. And city leaders hope to continue "winning" when it comes to downtown expansion.

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