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Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport. (FILE PHOTO)

Those who live, work or go to school in Davenport's Hilltop neighborhood are invited to a workshop to offer input on future design guidelines for revitalizing the central city neighborhood.

The Hilltop Campus Village, a volunteer organization leading the charge to rejuvenate the nearly 70-square-block neighborhood, will hold a design workshop at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Vickie Anne Palmer Hall (the former Lyceum Hall/Masonic Temple) at 115 W. 7th St.

The goal is to discuss establishing design principles that could guide future development or redevelopment in the Hilltop area.

The neighborhood, which is home to many businesses as well as St. Ambrose University, Palmer College of Chiropractic and several schools, has plans to revitalize the business district with shops, restaurants and new housing to better serve the neighborhood. Hilltop Campus Village is a participant in Main Street Iowa's new Urban Neighborhood District Program.

"We want input from folks who are interested in seeing this area blossom again," said Scott Tunnicliff, Hilltop Campus Village's program director.

The workshop, he said, is aimed at "acquainting people with some design guideline principles and get input from attendees on what sort of guidelines ought to be made for the Hilltop Campus Village as we see to restore and redevelop areas in Hilltop."

The workshop will examine revitalization plans for older commercial districts as well as designs for infill housing and zoning limitations.

Tunnicliff said city planning staff will provide a 3-D computerized view of the existing Hilltop neighborhood as well as examples of some of the redevelopment already taking place.

"We have some areas that look like a 1960s environment and others that look more like 1900 - and everything in between," he said. "We want to look at why buildings were designed the way they were and take a look at whether they have functionality now."

Tunnicliff said this is not a discussion of "establishing color codes or what certain type of door to use" but more about "preserving what we've got and laying the groundwork for the future."

Other topics will include accommodating the different types of transportation in the neighborhood, parking policies, streets and sidewalks, setback lines and signage.

Organizers are hoping to draw attendance from neighbors, business owners, preservationists, area churches and civic groups such as United Neighbors. Tunnicliff said organizers also would like to see faculty, staff and students from all colleges and schools that make up Hilltop.

"I keep hearing the term ‘potential.' It has so much potential and we want to make the area be a real boon to the city," he said.

For more information, contact Tunnicliff at (563) 322-8293 or

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