The Scott County Board of Supervisors considered the final reading of an ordinance to rezone land for future growth, the Urban Renewal Plan for the city of Eldridge and a public hearing on county office relocation and expansion at Tuesday’s committee of the whole meeting.
The proposed ordinance rezones 7.5 acres from agriculture to commercial-light industrial on property north of Davenport and south of Eldridge. The Greater Davenport Redevelopment Corp. requested the zoning change to accommodate future Eastern Iowa Industrial Center growth.
“There’s a lot of land out there ready for development,” Planning and Development Director Tim Huey said. “We’re hopeful announcements will be made yet this fall.”
Huey also explained the plan to upgrade the sewer system in Eldridge, a $15.9 million project that will improve the city’s current sewage treatment plant. Huey told supervisors the city plans to partially fund the project through an existing tax increment financing district. Huey said the TIF review committee has recommended approval of the plan that will be discussed at a public hearing during the Eldridge City Council’s meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 7.
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Supervisors agreed to schedule a public hearing during their regular meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday on project plans to relocate Planning and Development offices to the administration building at 600 W. 4th St. and expand Juvenile Detention Center offices at the county’s annex building at 500 W. 4th St. The relocation phase of the project is expected to begin by mid-November and be completed in April 2017. The expansion at the annex will begin next spring and be ready for staff occupancy by next September.
The project has been budgeted at $470,000. Wold Architects and Engineers was selected to complete the design process.