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Big Downtown Development Deal In The Works For Davenport

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     Big development plans are on the way in downtown Davenport. KWQC has learned that a deal is coming shortly for what will be a new, high-end hotel and commercial space. It's a familiar location, and a familiar name behind the project.

     The space is the block with the Parker-Putnam buildings on 2nd Street between Main and Brady. The Gills, who own Restoration St. Louis are behind the plans. On Wednesday, Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba talked about the big deal in the making.

      'The Gills are going to be putting a huge development downtown. A remodel, a modern day hotel where Putnam is, probably a grocery store a city center. We're just going to make it happen downtown," said Mayor Gluba.

      This is the same firm that developed Hotel Blackhawk and several other downtown buildings. We spoke to Amy Gill on the phone tonight and she tells us the ball is rolling and it could be going to city council in the next couple of weeks. Last year, the Gills submitted their downtown casino proposal wanting to use that same space. They're playing off the casino concept here with the Putnam building being a 70-room, all-suite hotel and rooftop night club. There would likely be a restaurant too. The Parker building would be grocery on the first floor and office space above. It's a huge revamp planned for the buildings that would also fill quite a few empty spaces there now.

     "A lot of empty space. The old Parker building is pretty much empty and the Putnam building has some people in it but certainly has more potential," said Mayor Gluba.

     The gills do own both the Parker and Putnam buildings now. There's not a ballpark figure at this point but it's expected to be a very large private investment with this plan.  A timeline for the project is still in the works but, if the city agrees with the plan, the developer wants to move forward shortly after that.