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Planning and Zoning Report: New Davenport Casino to be Seven Stories Tall

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The Davenport Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on plans for a new casino on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Casino Developer Dan Kehl wants to put the new Rhythm City Casino near the I-80 and I-74 interchange. It will also be near Veterans Memorial Parkway. Crews are building a Veterans Memorial Parkway bridge over I-74.

Back in March, Mayor Bill Gluba said that Kehl and local developer Rodney Blackwell planned on working together for the new project. The planning and zoning commission report shows that the new casino will be seven stories tall. It also shows that developers want some sort of entertainment district around the casino.

Nothing will be approved at Tuesday's meeting, but it starts at 5 p.m. at Davenport's City Hall. The commission could make a recommendation on the project on September 16, 2014. Residents of the Jersey Farms neighborhood say they have traffic and lighting concerns with the development.

Davenport Senior Planning Manager Matt Flynn says that there will not be an extra interchange built into the new casino. Flynn says that drivers will likely have to take Veterans Memorial Parkway, Elmore Avenue, or Jersey Ridge Road to get into the new development.