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St. Ambrose University seeks approval for expansion

DAVENPORT-- Saint Ambrose University is in the middle of the process to expand one of their campus halls, McMullen Hall.

According to Davenport officials, the school wants to build a 60,000 square foot addition onto the building on the corner of Locust Street and Gaines Street. They say the expansion is an attempt to consolidate the business school.

The school needs to get approval from Davenport's Planning and Zoning Commission because of the size of the addition. In two weeks, the commission will make a recommendation to Davenport's City Council.

The university did release a statement to WQAD:

"St. Ambrose University plans to break ground in the spring of 2019 on a 60,000-square foot addition to McMullen Hall, located near the intersection of Locust and Gaines Streets on the university’s main campus. Beginning in the fall of 2020, the building would provide a central home for the university’s College of Business undergraduate and graduate academic programs and administrative offices.

The proposed change has been submitted to the City of Davenport’s Planning and Zoning Committee, which held an initial session for public review on Dec. 4. In addition, the university twice has met with its Neighborhood Relations Council to share the proposed building remodel plans."

-Craig DeVrieze- Dir. of Communications