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Years of work, decades of planning are finally being realized in one Quad City neighborhood. The end of one project in Davenport’s Hilltop Campus Village could simply be a sign of what’s to come.

“Three years from now, you know people are going to be very excited and pleased to see what’s happening on hilltop,” said fourth ward alderman Ray Ambrose.

Thursday, December 5, 2013 was the grand opening for the Harrison Lofts. The 60 apartment complex takes place of an abandon building that was burnt down back in 2009.

Ronald McDermott , owner of Hilltop Collectibles has been in the Hilltop Campus for 25 years.

“When I originally was up here we had businesses on both sides of the street for six square blocks, said McDermott.

However, times have changed since then.

“There’s a stigma you know, that it’s central city, there’s nothing to offer,” said Julie Martens. owner of Greatest Grains.

Greatest Grains has been around for 23 years.

“After being here that long, wasn’t sure there was gonna be a change, but I think we’ve turned the corner and definitely seen a positive shift,” said Martens.

Just in the last year Hilltop Campus has seen six new businesses and now the Hairrson Lofts.

“The way we’re growing now, I think the future is encouraging, very encouraging,” said McDermott.

Plus a new grocery store to come just a couple blocks South.

“We have a lot to offer here in the hilltop, we really do,” said Martens.

All are changes that some say will get Hilltop up and running again.

“That’s what we need, more people to do the shopping, walk the streets, it’s coming, coming back slowly but it’s coming,” said McDermott.

The Harrison Lofts are already almost full. City leaders tell News 8 some other new developments there will be made to the public soon