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Credit Island Lodge Task Force Narrows Needs Of Building

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Gone is the restaurant and a second story business.

In are bathrooms, and a kitchen for a potential new Credit Island Lodge.

The task force studying the issue prioritized a list of about 50 items that a new lodge would need.

The first thing a new lodge needs is flood protection, the Mississippi has cut off the lodge from Davenport for the fourth time this year.

The task force needs to weigh what kind of flood proofing the building would have.

They could let the river run through it by abandoning the ground floor, or they could recommend building flood walls like the Bandit's stadium has.

Trick is, they've only got $1.2 million in the bank.

"We want to keep the existing lodge, that's what our hearts want, feasibility money wise there's going to be a lot to deal with in the future," says Friends of Credit Island Vice President Mary Cormier.

She helped give the thumbs up and thumbs down to a long list of wants for a new lodge. Separating the wishes from the must haves. The task force's big must so far,

"To have a safe place and weather controlled, when it's cold outside it warm inside," says Cormier.

Going through that list took five minutes, the larger debate centers around what to do with the current building.

"I think there's portions of the building that could be incorporated into a new building, certainly the architecture of a new building could incorporate some of the brick, and the lentils that are in the existing building," says Task Force member Bill Ashton.

He's a structural engineer and says pieces of the building can be reused again. One idea is to give the ground floor to the river and move the climate controlled activities to the second floor. Building decks or removing some of the burnt up second floor.

"If it's beneficial from a cost stand point, you can use parts of the existing building, there's a good fire place, there's a good foundation, certainly you could use parts of the building," says Ashton.

That idea is not popular with all the members though. They want to see the lodge remain as intact as possible, but they realize money is their biggest obstacle.

"I believe the cost effective thing will end up being the building will be taken down and the new lodge will be built that's elevated," says Ashton.

There is no set design plan at this point.

That will begin to be hashed out in a meeting the week after the fourth of July.

The task force knows it needs some amount of space that is climate controlled.

It can begin thinking about what that space could look like as long as the flood mitigation requirement is met.

The city council wants a report from the task force by the fall.