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Davenport Leaders Closer To Old Dock Development

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City leaders say we are closer to seeing a new development in Downtown Davenport at the Old Dock restaurant. 
A local developer has a $27 million dollar proposal on the table to turn the building into a center for restaurants, offices and conventions. City leaders met to discuss that plan.

If the developer behind this plan you're seeing here has his way, this building could become a reality as soon as December 2014. 

"We think the dock is a great opportunity to highlight that on the riverfront," said Todd Raufeisen. "We think it's going to be a wonderful complement to the Modern Woodman Ballpark."
But to make this plan a reality, developer Todd Raufesien needs the go-ahead from city leaders. Tonight, they all met to discuss the plan, and Mayor Bill Gluba says that meeting left them in a good place, likely to put the proposal on the council's agenda in October.

"This is going to be a place people will want to come and enjoy the river first hand by dining, by looking at the eagles, by watching the birds swoop down etcetera etcetera," said Gluba. "So we're very excited about it."
But in the past, excited may not have been the best word to describe city leaders' feelings on the project, as several city leaders expressed concerns over the building's height that kept the plan from moving forward.   

The concern over the building blocking others' view of the river still lingers, but officials say they are ready to revise the Rivervision plan and move forward with the dock in Davenport


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