Davenport city leaders will consider a lease agreement for the new Dock Restaurant on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.
On July 16, 2014, Mayor Bill Gluba vetoed the development plan for a new restaurant. Gluba said he didn’t want to give up that large portion of the riverfront to a private developer.
Developer Todd Raufeisen wants a three story building with restaurants, offices, and a banquet space. On July 23, 2014, the city council over-rode Mayor Gluba’s veto, by a vote of 10-0. That has put the plans back on for Wednesday’s meeting.
“It’s like taking a site as it sits today, that cannot be developed and cannot be used. It’s an empty dump,” Raufeisen said on July 2, 2014. “We’re creating a site that can be utilized and generate tax revenue for the city of Davenport.”
Raufeisen would pay $100,000 a year in rent to the city’s Levee Improvement Commission, under the lease agreement. Wednesday’s committee meetings tarts at 5:30 p.m. at Davenport City Hall.