It is one of Davenport oldest neighborhood districts, but now there is new plan for the East Village. And the public got a first look at it Thursday night. Residents and business owners able to weigh in on the vision for the Village.
The idea is to maintain the area's history and charm, but also increase traffic and make the Village more of a riverfront destination. The master plan includes fixing up the facades of older buildings, utilizing historic sites and adding 13 sites for new development.
Most of those in the audience were business owners in the Village. They tell us the idea of a master plan is exciting. "I think it's important to have a vision," says Donna Young with Isabel Bloom. "I think it's important for the Village to all come together with one plan, so that as things come up, we have direction and we know whether it makes sense in the big picture."
Planners will take suggestions from the meeting and more over the next two weeks, and put them together in a final proposal. That will be presented to the city council in the next six to eight weeks. Once aldermen adopt the master plan, changes will be phased in to the Village of East Davenport over the next 20 years