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Davenport residents are demanding the city rebuild the Credit Island Lodge.

After fire severely damaged the building a few weeks ago.

The city faces a tough challenge with the building.

Because it's in a flood way, Davenport can only spend half of the buildings assessed value to repair it.

Crossing that line would require it to spend significantly more on flood protection.

One alderman wants residents to help find the correct path for the city to take.

The fire that ripped through the Lodge's roof caused significant damage to the building.

The fire marshal says the roof and attic were destroyed by the fire, but the public works director says the building is structurally sound.

The Lodge's alderman wants to see the it come back in one form or another.

"West end has lost so much in the last few years and this is so much, more than we can even think about," said one concerned neighbor at a public meeting on the Credit Island Lodge.

Concerns Alderman Nathan Brown wants to ease by getting the building replaced.

"If it's in the existing building or something else we need to be able to replenish that resource for the island."

Brown wants residents to sit on a special task force. Helping guide the city down the appropriate path to repair, rebuild, or re-do the Lodge.

"It's a part of the island, it's a historical structure," says the past president of Friends of Credit Island, Hank Reimers.

He says the lodge stirs strong emotional feelings for people and he doesn't want to see it disappear.

"I'd hate to see it, but I can understand, I don't know how much it's going to cost to restore it, let's face it nowadays money is a big factor," says Reimers.

Money is the biggest obstacle in the Lodge's future. FEMA limits the amount of work that can be done before major flood protection work is required. Davenport is looking for any wiggle room in the flood rules for Credit Island's case. The vice president of Friends of Credit Island says they're open to making the building flood neutral.

"As far as letting the river run through it, it's been doing it since 1922, with the building, we go in and we clean and up," says Mary Cormier

Residents also suggested turning the lodge into a larger visitors center, or just replacing it with basic shelters.

Options Brown wants the task force to investigate.

Brown wants to have the task force up and running within a week.

His goal is to have a final report on the city council's agenda by August.