At St. Ambrose we have been willing to let small inaccuracies go unchallenged when they appear in letters to the editor or in quotes made by some of our neighbors. However, we feel compelled to respond to quotes given by a neighbor and an alderman in a story in the April 22 edition of the Quad-City Times, which suggested we somehow played a trick on the neighbors or that the PID boundary lines are not what they were purported to be in earlier conversations.

In our initial draft application given to the Neighborhood Relations Council on Jan. 6, we clearly stated, “The total number of gross acres for the St. Vincent’s Center property is 42.35 acres. However, the total number of acres to be re-zoned is 24.89 and can be seen in Appendix II, sheet 1 of 8”. This appendix is a map that has a bright yellow line showing the property to be re-zoned.

We have consistently shared information about the property we intend to re-zone in all of our communications with the Neighborhood Relations Council. Since January, and with city staff input regarding the treatment of parking, the number of acres we have requested to be re-zoned has actually increased to 31.5, not decreased. What has not changed is the University’s commitment to listening, sharing information, and working through the PID procedures set forth by the City.

St. Ambrose has made significant concessions in our plans to address concerns held by some of our neighbors. Now we look forward to working through the rest of the process to get approval for a project that is important to the University's vitality, as well as the community at large.

Mike Poster

Vice President for Finance

St. Ambrose University

Davenport

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doubtful

So far I have seen nothing from SAT but sound strategies and concessions. I have also seen nothing from the opposing neighbors but a "not in my backyard" attitude.
I used to own a house and live in the effected neighborhood. My kids played in the field and I ran my dog there. I have yet to see one valid reason to deny the rezoning request.

QuadCityImages
QuadCityImages

Pretty big coincidence that they chose the exact same distance for their setback as the one used for radius of neighborhood protests...

aequitas
aequitas

I don't think that's a coincidence. I think that confirms the university's position that they have tried to reduce the impact on neighboring properties through the design.

Mod

No. Most of the remaining acres that won't be rezoned are either in a flood plain or not needed for the project. Don't let the facts get in the way of your paranoia and emotions.

credit island

The key is the "intent" of the rezoning area is to limit the number of neighborhood protests by drawing in the lines along certain neighborhood housing. Proster would never admit to intent.Which is why this is so sad.

Mommad1
Mommad1

Exactly!!! And that is what is happening!!! They (the city) have been telling the neighbors 20% super majority vote of the neighbors was all they needed----oooop's wrong--now its a % of the 20% judged by the size of the lots within the Super Majority. After 5 years now SAU is pulling this rabbit out of their hat, after having this little tid bit buried in their umteen million pages of their draft application,"appendix ll, page 1 of 8" the city didn't even find it and they had a copy!, The neighbors are not HIGH Priced attorneys and missed this, but do you think SAU, in all their 'informational meetings'---pointed this out!!

thetruthhurts55

So because you or your 27 neighbors decided to no read draft application, its now a rabbit trick? They obviously had and showed you that it was in the draft 5 years ago... "page 1 of 8" clearly shows that it wasn't an "umteen million" pages as you describe it. You cry foul when they don't point it out to you?? LOL.. I guess they figured those who are so opposed like you would actually read their proposal. I guess they overestimated the intelligence of their neighbors. I can't wait for St. Ambrose to host their first game at this stadium and I know it will be packed just to spite you selfish, childish, "whats in it for me" 27 neighbors who oppose progress. St. Ambrose was here long before any of you and, oh by the way, they OWN the land. Unreal how people today can tell others what they can and can't do on their own land.

Mommad1
Mommad1

The truth hurts: Bold statement from someone who likes to try to hurt peoples feelings!! --umteen million pages refers to the entire PID application, so much for SAU claiming openess and transparency to the neighbors (and SAU knows what I'm talking about!) I have noticed the neighbors have refrained from calling people names and have been respectful as to not go your route -- are you including the city in this statement? Oh and by the way from what I understand SAU did not own this land when the neighbors bought their homes there!!! Its going to be a long road for SAU to regain any trust from the Q,C. in general!!! I guess you are unaware of how far reaching this story has become, statewide and then more! Win or loose makes no difference! Oh--where are you getting the count of 27 neighbors.

thetruthhurts55

Lol... You act like you represent the QC when talking about SAU regaining trust in the QC. You are in the small, small minority. This project has overwhelming support throughout the QC. Every where I drive I see "Yes SAU stadium" all over Davenport. In fact 2 letters in the past week against this stadium has come from residents in Minnesota. They have no voice in this matter. "Likes to try and hurt peoples feelings.." Lol... Did you hear that from Harry Reid's secret source?? Of course SAU didn't own that land before the neighbors were there. They just bought it in 2009. Pretty stupid assumption there. I said SAU was in the neighborhood long before these neighbors who act like it is their neighborhood only. Obviously you haven't been reading the letters or comments if you think the neighbors have acted civil in this debate. I just had to call out "Glen Armil" commenter about how he walks his dogs in the morning and sees human feces all over the neighborhood that he knows comes from SAU students. LOL.. You call it "hiding" when common sense says you just didn't read it. It doesn't matter if SAU put the whole PID into one page because it won't change your stubborn minds. Just like the studies SAU paid for or the professional real estate appraiser that you guys blow off because he must be in SAU's pocket. "Win or lose it makes no difference!" What? Then why are we wasting city and taxpayers time and money if you don't care whether it gets put in? Are you just in the sake of arguing just to argue?

thetruthhurts55

Oh and the number 27 comes from the Neighborhood Relations Council, which serves as a negotiator between SAU and the neighbors against it. They neighbors voted 27-0 against supporting the project. Maybe one who opposes this progress as much as you should keep up on the current events.

IntellectualHonesty
IntellectualHonesty

""""Oh and by the way from what I understand SAU did not own this land when the neighbors bought their homes there!!!"""

So you are proposing only residents who owned their homes prior to 2009 should have a say???

IntellectualHonesty
IntellectualHonesty

Page 1 of 8 is buried???? Seriously, they have bent over backwards! After seeing the neighbors continued attitude I think I would go back to the original plans!

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