Dock restaurant plans go back for approval

By Ashley Richmond |

Published 08/20 2014 04:37AM

Updated 08/20 2014 05:45AM

It's a project years in the making, and Wednesday night, it could finally take another step forward.

Following Mayor Gluba's unprecedented, and even surprising, veto of the dock project,
Davenport City Council chose to override it last month, and now those unanimously approved plans can move forward.

"I think the reason we've had unanimous support from city council is i think the majority of people in town want to see the dock back, they want to see a quality building, they want a place to go enjoy and engage with the river,” says Todd Raufeisen of Raufeisen Development.

A land lease agreement and a parking license agreement with Raufeisen Development are going to Committee of the Whole for approval Wednesday.

The lease could last up to 40 years, with the owners paying about $100,000 a year in rent.

Then, at the end of the lease, the building will go back to being owned by the city.

The new, three-story building would be raised above the flood plain, and meets requirements for the RiverVision plan, but residents we spoke with are on both sides of the fence.

"It's a good idea to have a nice restaurant, but not in a flood zone, maybe find a different location for it,” says chuck conger, a davenport resident.

"At this point, I look at it as being and eye sore. Either we do something with it, or tear it down. Because that's basically the river we're trying to make things beautiful down here,” says Shirley Browner, a Davenport resident.

If the parking and land lease agreements are approved Wednesday, they'll move on to city council next week.

The Dock plans go to Davenport's Committee of the Whole Wednesday night at 5:30 at City Hall.

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