After two years of heated discussions, a related veto and multiple votes, Davenport City Council members on Wednesday unanimously approved lease and parking agreements for the riverfront Dock project.

The approval comes despite a recommendation by the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission to deny the lease agreement.

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba who vetoed the council-approved development agreement with developer Todd Raufeisen said after the meeting that he is not intending to use his veto authority on the lease agreement.

“My veto of the development agreement was overridden 10-0, and a veto of the lease agreement would be, too,” Gluba said. “I still disagree with the decision. I still think a smaller building owned by the city and leased out is the way to go. Public park property should remain in the domain of the public.”

Speaking after the meeting, Raufeisen said that beyond the 14-day waiting period, he is ready to go.

"Once we have a signed lease, we'll wrap up financing," Raufeisen said. "We've been fully engaged with tenants and in talking with the restaurants on the first floor.”

He expects the restaurants’ drawings to be done the week of Sept. 8. He added that it will take three months for the detailed architectural drawings to be done for the agreed-upon 41,000 square-foot building.

"We'll bring everything to the level of detail that a lot of people claimed they knew but didn't know," Raufeisen said.

Once the drawings are done, the building then will go to bid, he said. When completed, 68 percent of the building will be restaurant and entertainment space, and 32 percent will be office space, he added.

During Wednesday’s meeting, aldermen voted to take the leasing and parking agreements off the consent agenda so there could be more public comment. Ten people spoke against the project, including two members of the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission.

Among them was new Levee Commissioner Anne Corbi who told the council that while she supports the city's RiverVision plan, she said the Dock development, "Is too big and too close to the water."

In response to a number of comments about the size of the building, Alderman Bill Boom, 3rd Ward, said that he has, "Never seen so much disinformation in my life come out of this project."

The building is 41,000 square-feet, and the city is providing a platform on which the project is to be built, he said. It also fits flood plain management criteria.

Aldermen voted 8-2 against the lease payments going to the Levee Commission, with Boom and Ray Ambrose, 4th Ward, being the two yes votes.

Alderman Kerri Tompkins, 8th Ward, said that for the project to take two years to get to this point sends a bad message to future developers, which could cost the city economic opportunities. "Our goal is to grow," she said.

Raufeisen said that the two-year process has been, "very unique, and I'll leave it at that."

However, he remains excited for the project. “I think it’s going to be way cool," Raufeisen said. "A lot of people want the Dock back, and we’re excited to bring it back."

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Wags a lot

I know this project is controversial but anything is better than the garish casino & the dilapidated Dock.

rvhawkeye

Its called progress. Dont hinder it.

Lou Ford
Lou Ford

Oh boy. Davenport is the third in a long line of cities that have been screvved by Todd Rafueisen. First he screwed rock island with the ace hardware development, then he's screvving Moline and the airport authority with a frivolous lawsuit, and now he's going to screvv davenport. All while lining his pockets with tax payer money. YOU DIDN"T BUILD THIS Todd, the taxpayers did. And now, he's going to make a bundle from all the FEMA money he might get if this place floods. I'm all for developing this area, but how can ANYONE trust Todd Raufeisen? He's a bottom feeder, and sucking at the teat of government.

TruthOnlyBeTold
TruthOnlyBeTold

I take it Todd is not on your Christmas card list.

Lou Ford
Lou Ford

Oh boy. Davenport is the third in a long line of cities that have been screvved by Todd Rafueisen. First he screwed rock island with the ace hardware development, then he's screvving Moline and the airport authority with a frivolous lawsuit, and now he's going to screvv davenport. All while lining his pockets with tax payer money. YOU DIDN"T BUILD THIS Todd, the taxpayers did. And now, he's going to make a bundle from all the FEMA money he might get if this place floods. I'm all for developing this area, but how can ANYONE trust Todd Raufeisen? He's a bottom feeder, and sucking at the teat of government.

cruzrlady09
cruzrlady09

This is going to be a first class development!
Thankfully the developer and aldermen did
not give in to Gluba and his puppets.
Davenport has 9 miles of riverfront; this is
a long awaited and much needed project.
Time for River Vision and the Levee Comm.
to move on. They offer nothing positive
for the city and the taxpayers.

How come
How come

Finally! Thanks for doing your job Aldermen. At last the correct decision was made.

longjohn412

$th bad deal in 20 years

Nice job!

No whining 10 years down the road when I get to say "I told you so" ..... Just like after the President deal and just like after both Isle of Capri deals ....

I'm just glad the Lost Grove Lake project is out of their hands or we'd likely be seeing condos at the water's edge and a water canon .... everything a lake or river needs ... except a decent boat dock

snowman05

Tiny john. Who got greased? Please share your wealth if knowledge? You claimed the city would sue the last casino because of how raw the deal was broken. Still waiting. I can't wait for this place to open. And I'll be fishing the lake Saturday. Enjoy your empty.

PainfullTruth

Just give up..... Littlejohn is not interested in sharing any facts. He just blames, accuses and complains about everything with no data or facts to support his opinion. Then when asked to explain or prove his story he runs and hides. Maybe because he doesn't have facts, just more rhetoric?

longjohn412

The Isle of Capri singed a development deal in 2005 to invest $43 million downtown including a 181 room hotel. How much of the $43 million did they actually spend

And where is the 181 room hotel and parking ramp they PROMISED?

PainfullTruth

Littlejohn,

I have no way of knowing how much they invested of the $43 million dollar agreement. Do you? Do you have access to their financial records? I certainly don't.

If you can't get the levee commission to approve a small project, how do you expect them to approve a 181 room hotel? Would you want to build a 181 room hotel in a flood plain with a city that has no flood control plan except for sand bags and temporary walls? Not smart...

The Isle of Capri in Bettendorf spent how much on their hotel addition? How many times have they been flooded?

longjohn412

Ano0ther moron with reading comprehension problem

I said the city SHOULD sue, I never said they would sue. .... In fact I said the city likely wouldn;'t because they are gutless cowards whoi let 3 riverboat deal get rene\gged on

Where is the big hotel thay all promised us?

Where is all the land based stuff the President promised so they "Wouldn;'t float the boat down the river"? Which they did anyway

We have not had one successful riverboat gaming contract, that's just a cold hard fact .... 3 contracts, all three were broken .... Go make of list of all the things the President and Isle of Capri PROMISED to do and what was actually done

snowman05

No you did say they would. I said there wouldn't be a lawsuit, you then stated just wait. Also stated they were going to wait till after the sake. Sorry little john you are the one that's a moron.

longjohn412

The Isle of Capri singed a development deal in 2005 to invest $43 million downtown including a 181 hotel

How much of the $43 million did they actually spend .... It's obvios they lied about the hotel .... and pretty much everything else they p[romised

Out of the $43 million PROMISED in 2005 how much did they actually spend?

Answer the question ... and then we can move on to their 1st contract and look at what was actually promised and what was actually done

snowman05

You tell me what they spent? You seem to have all the facts sir. Was hotel built? No. But they wanted a riverfront hotel. Look at the screaming you are doing for a restaurant in the river. Both sides of your pie hole.

PainfullTruth

littlejohnxxx,

Yesterday you stated that most people don't want this project to proceed. Question for you. How many is unanimous? Would that be considered a majority? Thanks again for the laughs yesterday.

And PLEASE, please start answering questions that multiple people have repeatedly asked you.

As far as the bogus deals with President & Isle a Capri deals, how much money has the city benefited from both of those deals? MILLIONS! They have both provided good jobs to the area.

What's wrong with condos at the water's edge? Name a city that doesn't have condos/upscale homes at the edge of a river/lake front? What rock do you live under?

longjohn412

I never said that, you obviously have a reading comprehension problem .....


PainfullTruth

littlejohn,

Wrong again. Your exact words when responding to the question of the majority of people wanting this project.

" Hawksfan23 - August 26, 2014 11:44 pm
Another project supported by the majority, thwarted by a small group of people with an agenda. Davenport is earning it's bottom 10 ranking for business development.
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longjohn412
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longjohn412 - August 27, 2014 1:23 am
LMAO .... exactly how do you know this is supported by a majority, most people I know think it reeks of corruption ....."

It is not me that has a reading comprehension problem.

snowman05

And he dodges again. Little little john

sundance

It was good to see the QC Times called on the carpet for their false reporting. Is Ickes a reporter or a writer of editorials? She has lost any credibility she ever had.

snowman05

The Times was called out at this meeting. Good to see! Ickes had one of the most reckless stories on something I've ever seen. Her facts did not match the facts on hand. You wonder if she really understands what the truth is. Good for the city to move forward on this. Sorry mr mayor the city doesn't need to own everything. You are off your rocker, davenport is proud of you. Lol

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