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Dock Development Moves Forward

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Davenport city leaders take another step forward with the Dock project. They are just one vote away from making it a reality.

The discussion Wednesday night was about the land lease and parking agreements. Those were the actual items on the agenda, and they were covered. But a lot of the discussion at the meeting focused on the dock plan itself.  Many speaking out about the belvedere, concerned it would be like a flood wall blocking the river views. Actually it's just an elevated space or walkway. That's why the first speaker at the podium was developer Todd Raufeisen,  pro-active about the project. 

"We can jointly design and provide 365, 24-7 access that is both cost effective, functional, pleasing to the eye and not 7 feet tall," Raufeisen says. Wrapping up what he says is more than two years of work, within RiverVision plan guidelines, and with concessions made to the City and the Levee Improvement Commission. But City Leaders had concerns, since Levee Commissioners did not approve the land lease or parking license agreements.

"We're sorry that we didn't give you a clean recommendation. And we certainly will be pleased to do that at some point,"  Levee Commissioner Mary Dubert told aldermen. Commissioners say they'd like to tweak some language to make sure the City is protected. And City Leaders are working to protect residents. Alderman Mike Matson asked City Administrator Craig Malin, "The steps, the fishing area at the current Dock, that's still gonna be open, correct?" Malin answered to the affirmative to that, and to a question about public access.

At the same time, some say they're frustrated with the pace of this project. It was passed, then vetoed, then passed again. Alderman Jason Gordon, saying, "The fact that this has been a 10 - 0 vote, at least 3, 4. 5 different times by this council. But it still seems to be, at least from a media perspective, on shaky ground again. That causes me some concern for what other potential developers may or may not be thinking about doing business in Davenport."

Ultimately the council taking care of the business at hand, moving the agreements forward. Those are on the consent agenda. So unless someone pulls them off, they should go through without any discussion.
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