Construction begins on retail development in downtown Davenport
April 11, 2014
Construction has started on the first retail development in a part of downtown Davenport that hasn't seen such a project in decades. Dev Bastola and his family broke ground Friday afternoon at the corner of River Drive and Myrtle Street, and between the Centennial Bridge and the Oscar Meyer plant.
The $2 million project will cover 15,000 square feet and have room for as many as seven businesses. Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba praised the project, saying it could bring about 100 jobs to the city.
"We open bus all the time in Davenport, but again, for this to be happening in what was an old, kinda eyesore area, an old ice house that sat here vacant for years--what you see here in the background is going to be pretty amazing."
Dev Bastola immigrated from Nepal. He's operated the Shell gas station across Myrtle street from the lot for fifteen years, and owned it for the last five. Bastola expects the new project to be completed by early next year.
"Downtown is growing; it's always an exciting project going in downtown, like a new Ferris wheel and continued support for the baseball stadium from the city."
The groundbreaking was attended by Bastola's wife, son, daughter, and sister, along with members of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and Davenport aldermen.
(L to R: Daniel Bastola, Sabi Bastola, Dev Bastola, Mayor Bill Gluba.)