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Credit Island Lodge Renovation Moves Forward

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Davenport city leaders are moving forward with rebuilding Credit Island Lodge, destroyed by fire nearly a year ago. Aldermen voted Wednesday night to give preliminary approval to plans for a new building. Something that has been a long time coming for Friends of Credit Island. Interim President Nathan Brown tell us, "I would have liked to have seen it done the next day."

Many of the Friends were on scene May 2nd, as crews battled flames that were shooting from the building's roof. They were on scene all day and most of the night, working to salvage what they could. A month later, when a task forces was allowed inside, members told us it was devastating. They walked through standing water, seeing charred wood and twisted metal, even mold growing on walls left standing. But all of that was under an open sky. The ceiling was basically gone.  Task force members told us then, the Lodge looked better than they thought it would. But many were not optimistic.

Alderman Rick Dunn, telling the Council, "A year ago, when you took us down to look at the burned-out building, I was pretty skeptical thinking we wouldn't be able to build back what we had for the price of what we got. And then you throw in all the concerns with FEMA and everything like that, and I think you've done a great job. Thank you."

"It's a little bit of surprise and anticipation," Brown says. He tells us he did not see the final plans. "We were a little concerned. We haven't had any stakeholder meetings, any input other than trying to decide who the designer was and the architect firm, so I was kind of hoping that there would be more involvement after that. But all of a sudden they've got a plan."

Public Works Director Mike Clarke says the plan has not changed much since we got a first glimpse of it in October. "The final design looks remarkably like what we're used to seeing." That, because engineers surveyed the lodge and determined the first floor was structurally sound. The task force then determined the city could use the 1.2 million dollars in insurance money to rebuild. The plan calls for installing vents to let water run in and out during floods, but allowing area families to enjoy the building and all it would offer the rest of the year.

Clarke tells us the next step is soliciting bids and making an award. He expects construction to begin by the end of May, with the new Lodge up for Halloween, just like he promised city leaders.

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