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City Square Project Could Join Many New Davenport Businesses

Updated: Dec 4, 2013 10:14 PM
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    More discussion Wednesday night, December 4, 2013 on the $60 million City Square redevelopment project for downtown Davenport. It's another step closer to becoming a reality and would join a lot of changes and new additions to the downtown recently.

     If approved, the high end hotel along with office space, grocery, rooftop nightclub, residential, and retail would join more than 50 new businesses in the last few years in downtown Davenport. City leaders say there is demand for more amenities like these.

     At Wednesday's Committee of the Whole meeting there was some contention over the finance agreement, but it passed as-is to be discussed at full council next week. If it gets the go ahead it's expected to be an anchor in that area and spur even more development.

     The Parker and Putnam buildings on 2nd Street between Main and Brady are considered largely under-utilized for years. The main floor of the Parker has been vacant for decades but this redevelopment plan would change that and much more.

      "Filling that up, having it be alive that's a big deal," said Kyle Carter, Director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership. Carter says there's a demand for more hotel options because people and events are regularly turned away.

     "One of the challenges the RiverCenter faces is it does not have enough hotels to garner large conventions." said Carter.

     Several new downtown businesses are hoping to cater to more visitors down the road. Fifteen new businesses opened up in the past year, including Abernathy's, a vintage clothing and handmade accessory shop that's been open for about a month now.

      "We're really excited, being well perceived, we have new customers walking in the door everyday," said co-owner Rebecca Clark.

      Clark says she can tell more people want to be in the downtown and have things to do. It's the same feeling just blocks away at Me & Billy - a bar also serving up food in very large, newly renovated space.

     "It's really been encouraging to see a lot of people walking around in downtown Davenport like it used to be," said owner/GM Bill Collins.

     A new pizza place, Falbo Bros. Pizza on Main and 2nd Street is also set to open its door sometime in January. If city square becomes reality the hope is it will spur even more business growth and fill some voids in the downtown.

     "Huge class A office building out in the Parker building is going to bring a lot jobs down here and provide a kind of office that we're lacking," added Carter.

     City council will vote on the City Square development agreement at next Wednesday's meeting. If approved, the project should get underway in early 2014.