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City Reveals Credit Island Lodge Renovation Plans

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One year ago today, the Credit Island Lodge caught fire.  It now remains a burned out shell. The city of Davenport is getting ready to bring it back to life. It now has plans drawn up.  "People would like to see credit island brought back to some of its original glory," said Public Works Director Mike Clarke. Bringing the Credit Island Lodge back is something Davenport Public Works director Mike Clarke says is in the works.

"We've been very, very busy through the course of the past year in order to get us to a position now where we're going to be selecting a construction contractor to renovate the structure Monday," said Clarke. He says the Credit Island Lodge will be restored back to its pre-fire conditions with only a few changes.

"On the inside there will be a two-story vaulted ceiling area, where the old fireplace is at now. The materials that are on the outside of the walls. Those will be water proof. We're going be looking at stainless steels, we'll be looking at stone tile, cement and concrete," said Clarke "There's going to be about 40 flood vents around the base of the structure.

Those vents will allow any future flooding to pass through the building.  The price tag for it all: $1.2 million dollars. That includes both the design and renovations. Clarke says getting this project off the ground is a top priority for the city because it's been such staple within the quad cities community.  "There are tens of thousands of people in the region who have fond memories of playing out there when they were kids and picnicking out there with their kids," said Clarke. "Having a structure like that on the island that can support our cultural events i think is a significant win for the city and for the region."

Renovations will begin in three weeks.  City leaders say it should be complete by Halloween.
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