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Getting Davenport's Rhythm City Casino off the water has been an idea for around a decade. City leaders say they're eager to get going with construction for its land-based replacement, and with a final design for the vacant dock nearby. Both projects will be on the table at a work session Monday.

City leaders will discuss moving the casino to Veteran's Memorial Parkway, the process of developing the site, and extending Elmore Drive, which they say will mean easier access to the casino, and enhance the whole project. While some neighbors say they're concerned with traffic, Alderman Ray Ambrose says the casino will create jobs, boosting the local economy.

"It's going to employ thousands of people, and it's just very exciting," he said. When the rest of the country is struggling, the city of Davenport, with the hard work of the mayor and the city council, and our city administrator, and staff, we've got good things happening in Davenport."

Plans for the dock should also become clearer at the session. Developer Todd Raufeisen recently presented a vision for a three-story design, including restaurants and office space, but some people were concerned it would be too much of a spectacle for the riverfront. RiverVision consultants recommended a one-story building, which the city would own and operate. Raufeisen is expected to come back with another plan Monday, revealing whether he wants to embrace their more modest project or certain ideas within it.

"Bottom line, it's all up to the city council, where it's going to go, to what degree we want to build it," Alderman Ambrose said. "I thought Todd's original plan was very exciting, and I know other aldermen have, too, so we'll see."

Meanwhile, Mayor Bill Gluba says he prefers the more modest approach. The work session starts at 5:30 PM at Davenport Council Chambers.

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