The Davenport City Council is considering using city resources to tear down the former Dock Restaurant.
The city would use its own money, instead of waiting for the developer to tear down the building.
The city has about $350,000 earmarked for funding downtown area development, and the council is considering using some of that money for demolition of The Dock.
Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba says that tearing down the restaurant would cost about $180,000. The city could use the remaining money on other projects in the downtown.
Since the RiverVision meeting on February 2014, local developer Todd Raufeisen has decided to develop a three-story building in place of the old restaurant. Raufeisen proposed a $24 million office development, but he is also getting tax incentives to develop the area.
Quad Citians we talked to say they still have concerns about potential flooding along the riverfront, especially with the Mississippi River reaching LeClaire Park on Monday. Raufeisen plans to build a platform to the building, and consulting firms have also recommended building a berm along the river to protect the building from flooding.
Construction on the building should start this fall. Raufeisen hopes to have the new Dock open by the summer of 2015.
The demolition proposal was to be heard at a city council work session Monday, May 12, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.