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Riverwatch Place – New Building Development PDF Print E-mail
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Written by T. Brecht   
Friday, 26 September 2014 11:41

227 LeClaire Street
Total Investment: $25 million (Est.)
Total Public Investment:TBD - TIF reimbursement/Potential Brownfield Grant
Jobs Created: TBD
Status: Demo in December of existing hotel building, construction in 2015

Two well-known developers and one of the Quad-Cities largest construction firms are teaming up to replace one of Davenport's worst eyesores with a gleaming new downtown development.

Riverwatch Place, a six-story mixed-use office and retail development, is the name of the winning proposal for replacement of the dilapidated Howard Johnson's property at the central city's eastern gateway. The developers are Bush Construction and Ruhl Commercial Investors, BLDD Architects.

The empty  hotel on the site has sat empty since 2009, earning it the dubious distinction of being one of downtown's most notorious blighted properties. By contrast, the glass-encased new building will contain 60,000 square-feet, with most dedicated to Class A office space. Plans also call for a sixth-floor restaurant reminiscent of the old Davenport Club, and other retail and/or restaurant uses on the first floor.

Property owner Demolition Davenport, through the Downtown Davenport Partnership, will continue to be the steward of the property until a final closing.

The developers intend to demolish the building by the end of the year, with their sights set on spring or summer construction. City staff is working on some property consolidation and a draft economic development agreement. Bruce Berger, Davenport's Community Planning & Economic Development Director, said the major incentive used will likely be a Tax Increment Financing reimbursement of the increased assessed value of the site, at a percentage to be determined.

Kyle Carter of the Downtown Partnership said the time is ripe for new office development downtown. For one, most of the downtown building stock is older, historic businesses which are often difficult and expensive to convert into modern office use. Secondly, while the massive increase in new downtown market rate apartments has been good for business, office space drives up demand for daytime retail and commercial uses even more.

"New construction offers developers a blank slate;  we have a real opportunity to add more variety to our commercial offerings downtown to suit users that are seeking more open space.”

Berger said completion of both this project and the pending Dock at Davenport project will breathe new life into downtown's east side.

"Adding amenities like new restaurants as well as Class A office space show that downtown Davenport is vibrant and a great place to do business," Berger said. "It makes our job of attracting new investment and new businesses easier."


Governor Quinn Announces Investment to Combat Homelessness Among Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 08:49

$1.2 Million Investment Will Double The Salvation Army’s Capacity to Serve Our Veterans and Those in Need

SPRINGFIELD – Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $1.2 million investment in The Salvation Army of Sangamon County for a major project that will double the shelter’s capacity to help veterans in need. Today’s announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda protect and improve the health of the people of Illinois.

“The men and women who have fought for our country should not have to face another battle to find a home of their own,” Governor Quinn said. “We need to make sure our servicemembers have the comforts of home they deserve. An investment in Springfield’s Salvation Army shelter will create additional space and offer more helping hands when our heroes need it most. That’s the spirit of Illinois, and it’s a tradition of service we have learned from those who have answered the call to duty.”

The $1.2 million investment from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital construction program will complete phase one of The Salvation Army’s $6.8 million, three-phase renovation of the recently acquired property at Ninth and Jefferson Streets in downtown Springfield. The 60,000-square-foot former office building will increase the shelter’s capacity from 36 to 72 beds. The new facility will also allow The Salvation Army to expand its assistance programs, including veterans services, medical services, a food pantry, larger kitchen and dining room, classrooms and a computer lab where residents can receive job training.

“For more than 125 years, The Salvation Army has been serving the needs of the less fortunate within our community and sharing with them that they are loved by God and not forgotten nor left behind,” Major Steven Woodard of the Salvation Army said. “The Salvation Army has consistently met its pledge of ‘Doing the Most Good’ thanks to the tremendous generosity of this community. This support from Governor Quinn provides a hope to this community that will last for a long time.”

“The Salvation Army does Springfield a great service by helping the homeless with a wide range of services, including emergency shelter, work training, education and counseling,” Springfield Mayor Mike Houston said. “We are very excited that Governor Quinn’s investment will allow The Salvation Army to continue and expand this most important work.”

“We are grateful to Governor Quinn for his leadership on the toughest of issues facing our veteran community – that of veteran homelessness,” Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) Acting Director Rodrigo Garcia said. “While we’ve made impressive strides in ending veteran homelessness in Illinois by working with non-profit partners such as The Salvation Army and other agencies, there is still more to do. For those who’ve given so much, we owe them that opportunity to succeed and thrive and this a great step forward.”

Under Governor Quinn’s leadership, the IDVA has expanded efforts and outreach to help end veteran homelessness. The IDVA-run Prince Home at Manteno is a program for veterans with disabilities and veterans who are homeless that equips them to achieve individual growth and independence. Illinois Joining Forces, established in 2012 with the Governor’s support and leadership, has a working group focused on veteran housing and homelessness issues. In addition, IDVA service officers across the state work with veterans and their families to secure disability benefits, aid and attendance support, and other compensation earned through service to help veterans stay in their homes after service.


Davenport Police Department Officers Involved Shooting Incident PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lieutenant Bryce Schmidt   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 14:53

This is a follow up to the news release provided earlier today by Major Don Schaeffer with the Davenport Police Department.

The deceased subject involved in the incident has been identified as:

James Allen Cave, age 54, a resident of Davenport.

An autopsy for Cave has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the University of Iowa Hospitals.

The incident is on-going and is being investigated by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office along with assistance from the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

There is no additional information being released at this time. Thank you.

Davenport Police Officers involved in shooting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Police Dept   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 07:34

On September 22, 2014 at approximately 7:15 PM the Davenport Police Department was dispatched to 2814 Fair Ave, Davenport, reference to an individual waiving guns around, threatening to harm himself. The caller was inside the residence, out of harm’s way, and said the individual was alone in the garage and “possibly may want to die by police fire”.

At approximately 7:37 PM, the Davenport Police Department’s trained negotiators arrived at the scene and began a channel of communication with the individual. As the dialogue continued the individual began to drink and seemed to be getting more irrational and agitated. After approximately 3 hours of negotiating and no opportunity to create any type of diversion, it escalated with the individual aggressively advancing towards the Officers with one weapon in his waistband and another in his hand and subsequently shot by the Police Officers.

Four Police Officers were involved in the incident and their names are not being released at this time, out of courtesy of notification to their families first. The name of the deceased individual is not being released at this time as well, pending notification of his family. All four Police Officers have been placed on Administrative Leave as directed by Department policy.

As a Davenport Police Department protocol, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Investigation, were notified and will investigate the incident. All further inquiries on this incident should be directed to the Scott County Sheriff’s Office.

Angie DeHamer wins Hometown Hero Award for service to Viager family PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amber O'Brien   
Monday, 22 September 2014 15:01

Modern Woodmen will present the award at the Race to Knock Out Hunger

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Angie DeHamer, Sherrard, Ill., received Modern Woodmen of America’s Hometown Hero Award. DeHamer was recognized for countless hours of service to the community. The recognition took place in a pre-race ceremony for Modern Woodmen’s Race to Knock Out Hunger.

President Kenny Massey presented DeHamer with the Hometown Hero award and a $100 grant, to be presented to the charitable organization of her choice. DeHamer was recognized for her devotion and involvement with the Viager Family of Sherrard.

In 2013, the Sherrard community member lost his wife, daughter, two nieces, a friend and his home in an early morning fire. DeHamer made it her mission to help. She worked with countless others to have a new home built at minimal costs.

“The Hometown Hero program allows us to thank those who give back to the community and encourage others to volunteer,” says Kenny Massey, President and CEO of Modern Woodmen.

Coordinated by local Modern Woodmen members, chapters provide opportunities to take part in social activities and community service projects to meet local needs.

As a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment* products not to benefit stockholders but to improve quality of life for our members, their families and their communities. This is accomplished through social, charitable and volunteer activities. In 2013, Modern Woodmen and its members provide more than $20 million and more than 507,600 volunteer hours for community projects nationwide.


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