Proposed new development on the Davenport riverfront

September  12, 2012

Davenport may have found a developer for the former Dock restaurant on the downtown riverfront. Today, the city's Levee Improvement Commission accepted a proposal from Raufeisen Development, and forwarded it to city staff for further study.
    Company president, Todd Raufeisen says he would first demolish the vacant building, and then replace it with a three-story restaurant, conference center, and office building.  His new building would be longer and thinner than the current building, but cover approximately the same number of square feet.
    And the whole structure would be elevated so it would not flood.
    The first floor would probably have three tenants, two restaurants and perhaps a health club or spa, with a balcony extending out over the river. The second level would include offices and a conference facility, while the third floor would have a conference hall.
    Raufeisen says it would bring "excitement and uniqueness" back to the Davenport riverfront.
    Levee Commissions spokesman Steve Ahrens says city staff will likely take at least several months to work with the developer on the project, then it would go to the commission and city council for their approval.