Dock restaurant plan pushed back to Aug. 20

2014-08-14T05:00:00Z Dock restaurant plan pushed back to Aug. 20Deirdre Cox Baker dbaker@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

Davenport aldermen on Wednesday decided to table for one week discussion of details of the redevelopment at the former Dock restaurant site.

Aldermen will next discuss the topic at their Aug. 20 meeting.

Developer Todd Raufeisen wants to build a $12 million, 40,000 square-foot, three story building with restaurants on the first floor, office space on the second and a banquet facility at the top. Parking would be below the structure. 

The Levee Improvement Commission holds the lease to the riverfront property, and several members have raised concerns about the plan.

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba vetoed the development agreement, but alderman unanimously overrode that veto on July 23. 

On Wednesday night, aldermen quickly agreed  to delay discussion of the plan and redevelopment project. The voice vote came more than three hours after the levee commission got a look at the entire 120-page updated plan, prepared by Hargreaves Associates. That's the Boston-based firm that drew up a plan essentially used by the city for the last 10 years as the riverfront has been redeveloped.

At the afternoon levee commission meeting, several members expressed concerns about the design. One key topic was the proposed "Beiderbecke Belvedere," which would be constructed between River Drive and the Mississippi River.

Some commissioners, including Bill Ashton, a retired civil engineer, are concerned the belvedere would have to be built higher than what is shown in the report.

Bill Handel, a native of Davenport and a retired architect, has taken an interest in the river design. He offered a revised plan to the commission. 

Handel is concerned about the amount of parking in the Hargreaves Associates plan and also proposes that the office space be located elsewhere downtown. Other aspects of Handel's plan are to renovate The Dock, and spread out additional amenities along the riverfront.

Gluba invited Handel to attend a special meeting of the levee commission, and more fully share his views. The next commission meeting is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Davenport City Hall.

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