A $10.2 million loft housing project built in the heart of Davenport has earned the surrounding Hilltop Campus Village a Main Street Iowa award.
The Main Street program won Outstanding Achievement in New Construction for the Harrison Lofts project and Ann Hutchinson won a Volunteer of the Year award in the state competition. The awards were presented May 2 at the 27th annual Main Street Iowa awards program in Des Moines.
Nominations were submitted for 77 Main Street projects and activities across Iowa in the categories of design, economic restructuring, organization, promotion and overall program. Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, presented 19 awards and two honorable mentions.
"We knew from the very beginning that Main Street Iowa was not a quick-fix solution, but rather an incremental approach to fostering positive change," Branstad said at the ceremony. He added "I have seen the program at work in small towns, mid–size cities, urban centers and neighborhood commercial districts.”
Reynolds said healthy Main Streets are necessary for the state to realize 200,000 new jobs. For every dollar Iowa has invested in the Main Street program since 1986, she said the private sector has invested $87.99 in improvements.
Tunnicliff said Harrison Lofts, developed by Minneapolis-based Sherman Associates, was a great example of partnership — from the city to Sherman Associates, Iowa-American Water Co, Riverboat Development Authority and others. "All of them saw clearly what this project could mean to our area, and stepped forward to make it happen.”
Located in the 1400 block of Harrison Street, the housing development opened last year.
Hutchinson, the former Bettendorf mayor, serves on Hilltop's Economic Restructuring Work Group. She was nominated for her volunteer work in improving Hilltop's bookkeeping system.