Multi-family project moves on in Davenport

2013-03-20T20:59:00Z Multi-family project moves on in DavenportKurt Allemeier The Quad-City Times
March 20, 2013 8:59 pm  • 

The final plan for a 50- to 60-unit multi-family housing project in north Davenport that drew comment from environmentalists and neighbors during the rezoning process faced no criticism Wednesday.
Consideration of the project’s final development plan moved to the city council’s consent agenda for next week’s meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall. The project at 213 E. Kimberly Road will be situated on the south side of East Kimberly Road and the north side of East 37th Street.
McNamara Family Property Development plans to build six three-story buildings at the 2.77-acre site. The buildings will give the project at least 50 and possibly up to 58 townhomes. Taxes to the city on the development would be in excess of $100,000 annually.
During the rezoning process in September, the council heard comments from neighbors who were concerned about increased residential density and traffic congestion.
Activists raised concerns about stormwater runoff as well as the fate of trees on the property. At times during the debate, aldermen had to deflect criticism that the council and city weren’t being environmentally conscious.
During the Community Development Committee meeting Wednesday, Alderman Gene Meeker’s call for anyone with public comment was met with silence. Meeker, at large, chairs the committee. Developer Dick McNamara attended the meeting but did not speak.
In other action, aldermen tabled for one cycle a rezoning request by American Bank & Trust for 1.74 acres at 3707 Mississippi Ave. from C-2 general commercial to M-1 light industrial to allow for future sale and development.

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