Davenport council to hear proposal for former Rhythm City Casino site

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Rhythm City Casino boat has been scheduled to set sail for several months now. But plans for the future of the site are already in motion.

“Some exciting things are happening,” said Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch. “The wheels are turning already.”

For more than a decade the Rhythm City Casino has been the center piece for Davenport’s riverfront.
“It’s been an intrical part of downtown,” Klipsh said.

But with a new land based casino in place, Davenport’s mayor believes it is time for a change.

“This moving of the boat and the new initiative creates a new era for the whole city and our downtown, and most specifically our Davenport riverfront as well,” Klipsch said.

Development could come quickly. Tuesday, Nov. 19, city council is holding a special work session. At 4 p.m. Restoration St. Louis will present its plans for what the company is calling “Dam Dock and Brew.”

“And if something wow factor can be dealt with, there, if we can find that, then we’ll be moving forward with that plan,” Klipsch said.

The proposal shows an upper and lower level, with a rooftop bar, brew pub and event space, all to be built on the porte-cochere and barge that have been left behind.

“If that can be done that’s great, and if not, the rest of it will be removed and then we’ll be looking at exciting new riverfront and more land based developments to come,” Klipsch said.

The mayor said the city has already moved forward with plans north of the railroad in downtown.

“Potentially a sculpture garden, an area food trucks, an area for special events, but then south of the tracks we’ve already torn up all of the parking and there’s grass gonna be put in there,” he said.

If council moves forward with restoration St. Louis’s plan Klipsh said the city will develop around the river based property.

“And then we’re looking at in the future something that’s going to tie up potentially on the riverfront with Restoration St. Louis,” he said.

But if council goes in a different direction, other ideas have already been discussed.

“If that doesn’t’ work then a development at the area right at the base of the sky bridge,” Klipsch said of the riverfront’s future.

Restoration St. Louis’s proposal can be viewed here. The company operates the Blackhawk Hotel, Forrest Block apartments and the newly renovated City Square which includes the Wells Fargo space on 2nd Street.

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