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New Home of Kraft Heinz to be Rezoned

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City of Davenport
The area outlined in blue and labeled "subject property" is the Kraft Heinz site.

Davenport aldermen are taking another step to help Kraft Heinz move to a new location. Tonight, the city council will consider rezoning 63 acres where the company plans to build a food manufacturing plant. It's the first of three readings on changing the zoning from agricultural to light industrial.

Matt Flynn, Davenport's Senior Planning Manager, says rezoning is an incremental step in the development.

The Kraft Heinz plant will be built adjacent to the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center near the Davenport airport. And there's plenty of room to grow.

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This area will be a focus for economic development and job creation for 30 years and beyond. And Kraft will attract other companies, such as suppliers to the area.

Last month, Davenport aldermen approved a development deal with Kraft Heinz. The $203 million plant must retain at least 475 full time jobs. And the company will pay for water and sewer construction.

Davenport will rebate up to $10 million in property taxes over 15 years, and build a road to the plant. The city has already been approved for a state grant to help pay for the $1.7 million road improvements.

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