Costco rezoning and final development plan approved

A split vote came from Davenport’s Plan and Zoning Commission Tuesday when it came to rezoning the land where the new Costco will be built.
Commissioners voted in favor of moving the final development plan forward.
It included a northern entrance to the retail store, as well as rezoning the area from a residential facility to a planned unit development site.
The store has been controversial with people living in the area, as well as some commission members who have raised concerns about traffic flow near 53rd Street.
Commissioners said they have a federal grant to widen 53rd Street to five lanes for the entire length of Brady Street through Elmore Avenue.
Debra Roche said although traffic will increase, she is still in favor of the super store.
“I feel that we’re going to grow and traffic is going to grow and we just have to work through it,” Roche said.
“I think the Quad Cities is going to be very excited for Costco, we’ve wanted them here for a long time and I’m very excited that it got approved,” said Roche.
Plan and Zoning Commission Chairman Bob Inghram said he thinks people’s major concerns were addressed.
“I feel that the commission had some very good questions and had some very good responses to what staff had recommended,” Inghram said. “I think that this will be a good development,” said Inghram.
The future of the facility is out of the commission’s hands unless the plans need to be reconsidered
City staff will now take the proposal to the city’s committee of a whole meeting July 5th.

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