Rezoning the former Kahl Home moved to the fast track at Wednesday's Davenport City Council meeting.
Gold Coast Housing LLC, comprised of DeWitt, Iowa, businessmen Dave and D.J. Necker and Quad-City developer Chris Ales, wants to convert the former mansion-turned-nursing home at 1101 W. 9th St. into 68 independent senior apartments. The nursing home, which operated on the site for 60 years, moved to a new location in northeast Davenport last year.
Because of the conversion, the developers are seeking a zoning change from R-4 Moderate Density Dwelling District to R-6M High Density Dwelling District. Gold Coast Housing also is seeking historic tax credits and affordable housing tax credits before closing on the property. That would occur sometime early next year.
The Commpunty Development Committee recommended suspending the rules and pass the rezoning during next week's meeting. A zoning or ordinance change requires three readings, that would normally take six weeks because of two-week council cycles.
The request is supported by neighbors, with a member of the Mitchell Bluff Neighborhood Association at Wednesday's meeting to show that support.
Alderman Bill Boom, 3rd Ward, was glad to hear it.
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"The neighborhood is very supportive," he said. "The support included a positive petition, which we don't see very often."
The zoning change will include two conditions. The first allows only 68 apartments on the site and no new building construction. The second limits off-street parking to already paved areas. Any additional parking construction would require an amendment.
The Community Development Committee also is recommending similar treatment for two other rezoning requests that would allow for the construction of a convenience store and gas station at the new Menards development at 100 W. 65th St. One request is to modify the conditions of a Planned Development District to allow the store while the other is to vacate the Brady Street frontage road. A new frontage road is being constructed.
In other action, the council heard that the contract with Stanley Consultants of Muscatine to design and oversee reconstruction of the Credit Island lodge will cost $154,200.