Davenport Dock Project Dilemma

$12M Dock project has come to a stop

By Alice Kang | akang@whbf.com

Published 07/01 2015 09:24AM

Updated 07/01 2015 09:24AM

Another delay in a $12 million dollar redevelopment project on Davenport's riverfront has city leaders figuring out what's going to happen next.

The developer, Todd Raufeisen promised to demolish the old dock restaurant property by the end of this month but, that didn’t happen. Council members were briefed Tuesday by interim city administrator Corey Spiegel about where the plans stand for the dock project.

Mayor Bill Gluba says he hasn't seen proper financing. He says that should have already been done.

That has raised concerns for city council who has supported this project because council has already give the developer extra time for demolition and they say, time is up.

But, developer Raufeisen is now asking the city for another 30 days to get the work done.

Raufeisen tells Local 4 asking for extensions on  big projects like this one isn't unusual.

“Why wouldn’t you give us the opportunity to bring a project to Davenport, Iowa that creates 300 jobs and generates more than 200 million dollars annually in benefits and income the city of Davenport? I mean it seems pretty obvious to me. To us, we think it's a positive project and we don't think an extra few weeks isn't going to harm anybody,” said Raufeisen.

Council members say they have lost trust in the project. Aldermen say the future of the dock could be brought up at the committee of the whole meeting Wednesday night.

Also, Wednesday night is Corey Speigel's first official committee of the whole meeting as interim city administrator. Speigel is taking Craig Malin's place until the city can find a long term replacement for Malin.

Stick with Local 4 News as we bring you the latest information on the dock's potential demolition. 

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