(Davenport, IA) Dozens of concerned neighbors are planning to attend the July 7, 2010 meeting of the Davenport Zoning Board of Adjustment. The meeting is scheduled for 4:00 pm in the City Council Chambers at Davenport City Hall. The neighbors are opposed to St. Ambrose's request for two parking lots and a dorm. Of primary concern is the parking lot planned for the St. Vincent's property as it is felt that it signals the first step in a comprehensive plan for that property.
The plans for the property include a 5,000 seat spectator stadium with athletic offices and weight training facilities. Also included are several lighted practice fields, softball, baseball and soccer fields, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts as well as track and field facilities. Neighbors living between the campus as well as those surrounding the St. Vincent's property, are concerned about safety, quality of life issues, decreases in property values, traffic, parking, noise and light pollution, loss of green space and increase storm water run-off and flooding problems. Many of the neighbors plan to speak out about the new development in an attempt to block the passage.