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Updated Plans For Project To Replace The Old Dock Restaurant



      More progress on the former Dock restaurant on Davenport's riverfront. Wednesday the Levee Improvement Commission got a look at updated designs for a mixed-use building that could go in its place. In that meeting there was a lot of discussion on keeping true to the views of the Mississippi.
     The Dock restaurant building has been empty for nearly a decade on prime riverfront space. Since the last time the developer presented ideas on a new project there have been some changes. They include an additional floor on the building that will house restaurants, offices, and convention space - bringing it to four-stories. While the nearly all glass structure would offer great views, some wonder about impact on the rest of this area.
     "We want to make sure it compliments the riverfront, that it's not too big," said Mayor Bill Gluba. For a long time embracing the riverfront has been what sets Davenport apart. If this project becomes reality it would certainly allow for a new way to do that.
     "The way this building is tiered, every seat you sit in this building you'll see the river," said Todd Raufeisen, President of Raufeisen Development.
      Levee Improvement Commission members and city leaders brought up concerns of the additional story height blocking views of others that have invested in downtown Davenport.
     "We have new construction or renovation going on right behind this building scheduled to open soon and other opportunities of conversions of buildings that this will completely block their view of the river permanently," said Alderman Bill Boom.
      Raufeisen says more tweaking is a possibility to lessen the impact, either by going back to fewer floors or shifting the site a little down river. "We'll take a look, do some sight line studies. We want to be respectful of the people that are committed to the community and have invested in the community."
     It's all still very preliminary but this proposal would be a $27 million private investment. There's already talk of dozens of potential jobs with negotiations underway with multiple users for the space. But there's still a lot of ironing out to do.
     "They've got to answer some questions, the developer, in conjunction with the police department and fire department with our planners," added Mayor Gluba.
     One design aspect that's agreeable is the flood protection since the old Dock restaurant was inundated with water so many times. This project would be elevated and have a bridge extending over the train tracks and beyond river drive flood protection. That would allow for access to restaurants, offices, and events 365 days a year.


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