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New Deck at the Freight House

Riverfront Improvement Commission

The city of Davenport has just spent a lot money improving a downtown landmark. On Sunday, a ribbon cutting will be held for the new deck at the Freight House.

Steve Ahrens, Executive Officer of Davenport's Riverfront Improvement Commission, says the old wooden deck was 25 or more years old, and deteriorating. The new deck uses a long-lasting composite material, and was completed several weeks ago.

"The businesses that are in the Freight House and utilize the deck are finding it to be very popular, especially these days with COVID because of the outdoor seating there's lots of space for people to be able to socially distance and enjoy the riverfront views."

The project cost 308,000 dollars and includes a cable railing with a nautical theme and decorative lighting, for the deck that covers 7,000 square feet.

Businesses in the Freight House now include the Farmer's Market, Antonella's Pizzeria, The Diner, and Front Street Brewery. 

The ribbon cutting will be held at 1 pm Sunday.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.