Mayor Gluba vetoes plan to redevelop ‘The Dock’

Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba used his second veto Wednesday night to strike down plans to redevelop the old Dock restaurant site on the riverfront.

Last Wednesday, aldermen unanimously approved a development agreement with Todd Raufeisen, who plans to demolish the flood-ravaged Dock and build a new, three-story structure with restaurants, offices and banquet space.

Gluba, though, said he is siding with the city’s Levee Commission, which wants to see a smaller development, further from the Mississippi River. He also said he wants to see a building that is publicly, not privately, owned.

“You don’t just turn our beautiful, most precious section of the river over to a private developer and let him have at it,” said Gluba.

The City Council has scheduled a special meeting for next Wednesday, July 23, at 5 p.m.

Aldermen plan to make a motion to override the mayor’s veto at that meeting.

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