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       Another step toward transforming the Davenport riverfront. The RiverVision project aims to make better use of the space once the Rhythm City Casino moves. After giving a lot of input residents got a chance to see the recommendations Tuesday night at the Figge.

     The mighty Mississippi is no doubt an attraction. For davenport, RiverVision is about making the riverfront more of a destination.

     "I can totally see myself in the summers going down there, riding my bike or having a picnic," said Mary Bandman who has participated in each one of the public meetings. She says she likes what's in the plan: a pier extending into the river near the skybridge, an overlook deck offering different vantage points, a river cannon shooting out into the water, even an urban beach.

     The design firm, Hargreaves Associates, wants to get rid of some of the parking areas there now and convert to so-called "outdoor rooms," with a play area and sculpture gardens for example.

     "It's just going to kind of bring the community together. The Quad Cities has already been growing for quite a few years so I think this will bring a lot more people in," said Joey Farrell, another resident.

     After hearing from the public however, representatives from the firm say there was no consensus on what to do with the old Dock Restaurant site. Several scenarios were given that would work for redeveloping it into a dining and event space.

     "One of the things related to the Dock redevelopment is to relocate the development further North and maintain that Perry Street corridor," said Matt Flynn, Senior Planning Manager with the city of Davenport.

     The total vision comes with a hefty price tag of more than $35 million, which could come from a mixture of both public and private funding. But the plan can be done in phases over many years, maybe even decades.

      The design firm will present a final report to council members this month who will then decide whether to adopt it.

 

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