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The city of Davenport has been working for years to improve the Village of East Davenport. The focus has always been on historic preservation, but city leaders want to make major improvements to the Village's infrastructure. A master plan has been developed and it is being unveiled at a community meeting Thursday evening.

"I've been sitting at this desk for 28-years," says Tom Allard, Owner of Allard Custom Jewelers.

During those years, Allard has seen a lot happen in the village.

"A lot of businesses have come and gone," adds Allard.

However, he's also seen improvements.

"The new crosswalks and the landscaping they're trying to do is a big improvement," adds Allard, "The benches in the park are really nice, I see people using them a lot."

Another long time East Village business owner has been closely watching the master plan's progress by attending meetings and giving input.

"I think we need a plan of what do we really want it to be and I think this will help us," says Lagomarcino's Tom Lagomarcino.

The city announced it was going to work on a master plan or design concept that would bring improvements to the village. They asked for help from business owners to get an idea of what they want to change and the city hired an outside firm to come up with the plan.

"I think it's a good idea that they brought in an outside source to help pull many different sources together and listen to their ideas of what the village could be," adds Lagomarcino.

The master plan includes building a promenade near the marina. The idea is people can walk or ride bicycles along the river and then make their way to the village. However, instead of using the current crosswalk, a larger, plaza like crossing will be built.

"The village has been studied for years, but usually with a historic preservation focus," says Davenport Senior Planning Manager Matt Flynn.

Historic preservation is still emphasized in the plan, but with historic sites being focal points. The plan also encourages business owners to use historical plans when improving the facades of their businesses.

Another attraction will be festivals. There are several festivals held in the East Village, but the plan would move them to Christie Street.

"The location will be better than having them on 11th Street and having to close 11th street," adds Flynn.

The plan also includes changes for Lindsay Park. A staging area and a small pond will be built that can be used during the summer for toy boats and ice skating in the winter. However, all the changes won't happen instantly. The will happen gradually over the next 20-years. And, even though the plan will take a long time to implement, business owners say it's step in the right direction.

"I see us as kind of a diamond in the rough. You've got these beautiful historical properties, it's in a very nice location and it's close to the river, but we could do so much more than where we're at right now," says Lagomarcino, "I think that has all of us very excited about that."

If you would like to read the entire master plan, click here.

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