It’s out with the old and in with the new.
“The Bridges” apartment complex will be built over the next year. It is expected to have units ranging from studio to two-bedroom. Amenities in the works include a rooftop patio, fitness center, retail and dining space, and access to the river front.
“It’s just going to be what people want to have and what people want to do,” said Ryan Jantzi of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. “It’s going to happen right here in downtown Bettendorf.”
After the Twin Bridges Motor Inn and Motel closed over a year ago, plans for a new project quickly got underway.
The motel was declared “hazardous” before it closed, with hundreds of police calls to the site per year.
Now officials and people living nearby say it’s time for a change.
“We have great opportunities to help revitalize a downtown in need of care,” said Bettendorf Mayor Bob Gallagher.
Casey Keller is the third-generation in his family to run the local True Value hardware store nearby. He thinks this can only help their business.
“We’re definitely at a lower spot for customer traffic coming through the store,” he said. “With more building going on, more businesses coming back down here, reasons for people to come to the downtown Bettendorf area, that’s just going to help out.”
Although talk of a downtown has been in the works for years, someone had to be the first to break ground.
Frank Levy, President of Newbury Living saw the site of the motel and decided it was a risk he was willing to take.
“I’ve developed class-a apartment complexes before,” he said. “I’ve never been the catalyst of class-a neighborhoods, and that is something I would aspire to do and this might be an opportunity for me to do that.”
Mayor Gallagher has high hopes for a well-developed downtown area in the next five years.
“This is like our north-end project of the sports complex, a game changer. This is huge for Bettendorf.”
Alderman at Large, Frank Baden, says reconstructing the site of the motel was one of his main priorities when he was elected.
“I think the dominoes will start to fall as soon as this project gets underway.”
The apartment complexes are expected to be finished by the end of 2018, but no official date has been set. Residents who were living in the motel have since been relocated. Mayor Gallagher says the motel was never licensed to be a permanent residence.