The building that since 1918 housed the Davenport Ice Co. at the corner of River Drive and Myrtle Street has been torn down to make way for a new retail development.

Dev Bastola, who owns the Sara Mini Mart convenience store at 1026 W. River Drive, across the street from the ice company building, bought the property in 2011. In 2012, Bastola purchased a warehouse standing at the corner of Myrtle and 2nd streets. It  also will be torn down.

He plans to turn the block into a retail area, possibly with a Thai restaurant.

“It’s a great location,” Bastola said. “It’s right across the street from Centennial Park, and if we do put a restaurant there, it will have an outside patio where people can look at the park and the Mississippi River.”

He doesn’t know what other retail outlets could be in the development.

Italo Milani of Rock Island is the architect for the project.

“It’s a big development,” Bastola said. “It’ll encompass about 16,000 square feet.”

Lohman Excavation and Demolition of Hillsdale, Ill., is clearing the sites.

Cassie Steffen, one of the Lohman operators helping to raze the old buildings, said Tuesday the crew still has to break up the foundation of the ice company building and haul away the debris. That work should be done within a couple of weeks.

Bricks from the old building will be used as fill, she said, adding that much of the old fill in the area is clam shells from one of the area’s button factories.

Bastola said the property will have to be built up about 7 feet to protect it from flooding, as required by city code.

“I’m hoping the city will do something with Myrtle Street here at River Drive because it floods badly,” he said.

Once the fill dirt has been brought it and is properly compacted, Bastola said a decision will be made on when construction can begin. That is expected to be sometime in May.

The Sara Mini Mart sells gasoline, and serves fried chicken and other foods at the Chester’s Fried Chicken located inside the convenience store. There also is a Subway sandwich shop.