1. Bettendorf downtown
More change is coming to Bettendorf's downtown near the Interstate 74 bridge project. Soon, the Twin Bridges Motor Inn will come down to make room for a new housing development. Across State Street, Build to Suit has bought up a couple of former commercial buildings and expects to tear them down. President Kevin Koellner said the new development will complement the housing project and will have mixed use with a bank as a possible anchor.
2. Big money
How do you move tens of millions of dollars? Very carefully, as it turns out. Davenport is in that position, because its current bank, Wells Fargo, lost ground on it's Community Reinvestment Act rating from the federal government. The lower rating disqualified it from continuing as Davenport's bank under the city's policies. So, now, the city is working with Quad-City Bank & Trust to move those millions of dollars in checking, savings and investment accounts from one place to another. It will take lots of meetings and lots of time to make sure everything goes off without a hitch, as City Hall reporter Devan Patel told us in Friday's paper.
3. Palmer concerns
Palmer College of Chiropractic's plans to have the city rezone a swath of property around its campus ran into some opposition last week when the Davenport Civil Rights Commission decided to ask that approval of any plans be tabled to allow for further discussion. The plan could have "a disparate impact on low-income communities of color," commission Director Latrice Lacey said at a meeting. Palmer is seeking to rezone 39 acres near its campus, and the proposal goes before the city's Plan and Zoning Commission on Tuesday.
4. Costco nears
The Davenport City Council took another step toward welcoming Costco Wholesale to town. Last week, aldermen voted unanimously on the second of three readings to rezone property north of 53rd Street west of Elmore Avenue, which would allow the project to go forward. Costco plans a 156,170-square-foot retail store and fuel station at the 17.88-acre site.
5. Automated 80
The Iowa Department of Transportation is studying how to deal with traffic increases on Interstate 80, especially in eastern Iowa, but a report released by the department reached some surprising conclusions. The department predicts that somewhere between 20 percent and 85 percent of traffic on the highway will be highly or fully automated by 2040. That's a lot of driverless vehicles that will be moving along the interstate in just a couple of decades. Transportation officials say that will make traveling on I-80 a lot safer.
6. Cabin fever
There's a new place to stay in Scott County, and these rentals offer a great view. The Scott County Conservation Board showed off its two new furnished cabins last week at West Lake Park, and by Thursday, the board was taking reservations. Rentals are $130 a night and $780 a week, and the cabins come with a great view of Railroad Lake.
7. Fighting deer
Moline took a step toward joining other communities in the Q-C in allowing an urban deer hunt. The council last week authorized staff to develop an ordinance that would establish the hunt, and that will come back before the council at a future meeting. Aldermen told staff to pattern the ordinance after Rock Island's. The council will have to approve the ordinance, and the city will have to get approval from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources before the hunt can go forward. Hunts would occur only on private property.
8. Art on the street
Quad-City Arts has had its public art project going for several years, and new sculptures are sprouting up as part of the 2017 effort. Eleven sculptures have been selected by the cities of Bettendorf and Rock Island, and nine already are in place. That's a big increase from the five sculptures that were installed in the 2016-17 program.
9. Big award
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley celebrated a big honor last week. The Quad-City chapter received a Gold Standard Award from the national organization by exceeding every benchmark set for the local chapters. The Quad-City organization was one of 15 to win the award out of 310 agencies in the country. The chapter celebrated the achievement with a party on Thursday.
10. Drinking problem
Moscow Mules — or at least the vessel they come in — created a bit of a panic last week. Turns out that drinking alcohol out of a copper mug can be dangerous, causing a slow poisoning. The health scare is a bit overblown, however. Most copper mugs aren't made entirely of copper, and most are lined with another metal that doesn't behave badly with alcohol. Just make sure the one in your hand has a liner and enjoy.