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     What's next for the Dock in downtown Davenport? Levee Improvement Commission members are wondering if it's back to the drawing board since last week, RiverVision consultants recommended a more modest project.     

     Developer Todd Raufeisen has a vision of a three story building with a mix of restaurants and office use right on the riverfront. In the RiverVision presentation on April 1st, a one story building owned and operated by the city was most highly recommended.

     Several questions raised at Wednesday's Levee Improvement Commission meeting. One member wondering what direction the Dock project is heading now after the recommendation from RiverVision to scale things back.

     Mayor Bill Gluba says he's on board with a more modest approach to keep views of the riverfront more open. He also prefers something that's community owned. "That was our concern, the Levee Commission's concern all along was the size of it. We had asked for a restaurant and ended up getting an office complex with a  couple of restaurants thrown in, that's not what we want," said Gluba.

     Raufeisen's concept has changed a couple of times, but he now says three stories is really the vision he has moving forward. "We can adapt the materials and the elevation, how it looks and the height. It's not back to square one. Back to the drawing board yes, but nothing major," he said.

     Raufeisen also says a smaller project could mean more funds up front from the city, though it would mean a smaller price tag on the project total. That's something city leaders will have to consider when making their decisions moving forward. Meanwhile, Raufeisen is already working to attract tenants for the plan he has for the Dock.

     "We think by the time we start construction we could be fully leased on the first floor," he said.

      The final RiverVision report is due to the city by the end of the month. Then Raufeisen says he will present his final, three-story Dock design for consideration.

 

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