Davenport city leaders talk riverfront plans

Council members say they will demolish the docking platforms if no plan by March

By Gretta Patrick | gpatrick@whbf.com

Published 08/23 2016 06:32PM

Updated 08/23 2016 06:33PM

Davenport city leaders hope to tap into a big economic opportunity along the riverfront. They held their first discussions Tuesday afternoon about what to do with the space taken up by the old Rhythm City Casino.  
The boat will be on the move and that's valuable property that can be used. Aldermen spent a lot of time during Tuesday's meeting talking about what to do at the foot of Main St. 
Council members didn't say when the river boat will be leaving, but they did say they want some kind of development to accompany green space along the downtown river front. Essentially, they want people to bring ideas to the table within two or three months.
That way, they can agree on a river front plan before March 2017.  That's when they'll have to have a plan in place, or they have to take down the docking platforms.
One of the most talked about options over the last year has been Viking River Cruises. According to council members, that won't be coming in the near future.   
"The Viking opportunity is kind of stalled right now... That thing is hung up, and it doesn't look like it's going to free itself any time soon, because it probably will require an act of congress, and you know how that has been going lately," said Alderman Bill Boom. 
Mayor Frank Klipsch told us the first step in riverfront development will definitely involve ripping up the parking lots, and filling in that space with dirt and grass. 
Council members did say they wanted to vote on a timeline within a couple of weeks. Aldermen also said they're looking toward a November deadline for riverfront ideas. That way, they can enter into an agreement before that March deadline. 

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