Bettendorf mayor confident Twin Bridges is first domino to fall in Downtown revitalization

Eliminating blight a priority in development

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Bettendorf is booming. Ok, so we're not talking about a modern day gold rush. But, if you look around you will see some big things happening with prospects for more.

You have to go out on the edges to see one of the biggest projects.

Work on the new 76-acre Bettplex started in early July. It could wind up being up to a $50 million investment from the developer that will provide indoor and outdoor facilities for soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and more. It's a facility that could host regional and perhaps national tournaments if management makes the right moves.

One prospect with irons in the fire, but no done deal is the site of the old Lodge Hotel and Conference Center off of Interstate 74. Crews already demolished the hotel. City leaders continue to wait for the right deal to come along there on some prime real estate.

Bettendorf recently celebrated the groundbreaking of what city leaders hope is the first domino to fall in a series of them near the riverfront.

Two five-story apartment buildings are going up at the location of the old Twin Bridges Motor Inn. This is a $22 million project. The first building should be open by the end of next year with hopes the second one will be ready a year later.

It will definitely bring a new look to downtown.

These are exciting times for Bettendorf with anticipation for a big payoff when these projects come to fruition.

A man with high hopes for all of that is Mayor Bob Gallagher. He discussed the progress and implications of the various projects during an appearance on 4 the Record.

Let's start with the apartment complex downtown and the groundbreaking there. Gallagher explained why he called it a game changer.

Downtown Bettendorf can use a makeover. There are a few blighted spots when you drive along State Street. The hope is the apartment complex is the first domino to fall. Gallagher discussed how to get more dominoes to fall and the long-term vision he has for that long stretch of State Street.

There's work on land and in the water for the new I-74 bridge. Its conclusion and the demolition of the existing bridge will give Bettendorf about four acres of riverfront to develop.

Bettendorf's mayor addressed how much that plays into the plan for downtown and how he sees that space being utilized. 


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