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Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby QuadCityImages on Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:57 am

Big Downtown Development Deal In The Works For Davenport -KWQC

Basically this is Restoration St. Louis's casino proposal, minus the casino.

This is the same firm that developed Hotel Blackhawk and several other downtown buildings. We spoke to Amy Gill on the phone tonight and she tells us the ball is rolling and it could be going to city council in the next couple of weeks. Last year, the Gills submitted their downtown casino proposal wanting to use that same space. They're playing off the casino concept here with the Putnam building being a 70-room, all-suite hotel and rooftop night club. There would likely be a restaurant too. The Parker building would be grocery on the first floor and office space above.


This plan has been floating around ever since they lost the casino "competition," but its good to see it moving forward.

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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby DMRyan on Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:47 pm

Glad they could stick this one out even without the casino. This would be downtown's 3rd hotel, correct?

We're not exactly heading into good photo season, but don't be shy with showing all of those historic building renovation projects over that way.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby QuadCityImages on Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:43 pm

DMRyan wrote:Glad they could stick this one out even without the casino. This would be downtown's 3rd hotel, correct?


Yes. I'm curious if they'll still be interested in building a skywalk over Brady to connect to the MidAmerican ramp, RiverCenter, Adler, Blackhawk and Radisson hotels. This would make it also the 3rd hotel connected to our convention space, thereby increasing its attractiveness. The former 3rd hotel continues to decay at its prominent corner of River Drive and 3rd Street, but I think it's only future is the wrecking ball. It's actually one of the only completely vacant buildings downtown. The Parker and Putnam buildings in this proposal have an assortment of tenants at the moment.

We're not exactly heading into good photo season, but don't be shy with showing all of those historic building renovation projects over that way.


Yeah, there's actually a ton going on locally that I should be covering, but a month ago today QCI Jr. was born so it's been a bit busy. This weekend might be a good chance for me to drive around and get some update pictures.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby DMRyan on Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:28 am

Congrats on the new addition to your family!

Knowing how well the developers of this project can get things done, I wonder if they'll go for a national hotel brand, of if this would be another local or perhaps boutique hotel? I think they've almost single-handedly shown the local developers that historic preservation projects and conversions to residential can be done in Davenport. If not for them, I can't imagine all of the local developers jumping on board at the pace that they have.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby Ingersoll1978 on Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:06 pm

The Blackhawk is a Marriott Autograph hotel. :-)

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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby QuadCityImages on Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:56 pm

I'd be willing to bet that RSL goes with a national brand and puts whichever one it is more front-and-center in the name. The Blackhawk had decades of history here, but a brand new hotel won't have that recognition to feature.

As far as what RSL has done for Davenport, I think the main thing they've shown local developers is that there's enough market rate demand downtown to support buildings that don't use Section 42 tax credits. Before the Blackhawk and Forrest Block opened up already leased at $1000 and up (way up) rents, the old money folks brushed off the previous developments as just subsidized housing for poor folks. That ignores my constant badgering about how all the buildings had waiting lists for their $1200 market rate apartments, but hey, I don't know anything. I wish I'd had a couple million to invest in some rehabs 5 years ago when there was a hugely unmet demand.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby pioneer98 on Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:25 am

Really glad they stuck it out. It would be good to get it connected to the Adler.

And yeah, they can tear down the old HoJo any time now. It looks like heck. I hope it is gone by Bix, when so many people are in that area.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby QuadCityImages on Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:41 am

Gills propose $70 million project in Davenport-QCOnline

Seems like more details are starting to trickle out. The QCTimes will get around to doing an article at some point. I'll see what I can find out until then.

The projects include the Putnam Building, 128 W. 2nd St., which would be converted into a total of 48,000 square feet of hotel suites and related food and beverage amenities.

The Gills plan an additional 16,000 square feet of residential market rate units to occupy the top floors.

The Parker Building, 104 W. 2nd St., would include approximately 20,000 square feet of retail and 87,000 square feet of Class A office space.

The Center Building, 112 W. 2nd St., would house 44,000 square feet of retail, office, and related hotel meeting room and fitness center amenities.

The First Midwest Bank Building, 101 W. 3rd St., would be redeveloped into approximately 20,000 square feet of office space or converted to parking.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby DMRyan on Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:05 pm

$70 million is nothing to sneeze at, this is a heck of a big project for the city. I'm surprised they included so much commercial space instead of the easier route of residential right now.

Looking forward to hearing more specifics on this one.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby pioneer98 on Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:02 pm

QCTimes - Details of downtown Davenport projects emerge
Development of a blighted downtown city block and construction of new place to put fans into Modern Woodmen Park appeared to have the support of Davenport aldermen.

The council met Monday in a study session to hear about a lease amendment with Main Street Baseball that will provide for a $1 million loan to build four new viewing decks at Modern Woodmen Park and the development agreement for the $60 million City Square project.

A public hearing on the City Square development agreement will be Wednesday at the city council's committee-of-the-whole meeting. The agreement and the lease amendment for Modern Woodmen Park will be voted on at the Dec. 11 meeting.


In addition it says the River Bandits are asking for some help to do this to Modern Woodmen Park:
He wants to extend the mezzanine level toward left field, build two seating decks just below the mezzanine, place fixed seating in front of the cornfield on the left field line and construct a viewing area in left centerfield that will extend out to the river.


I am curious how many seats this would add. Certainly on the big nights in the summer, they could fill them.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby jwill on Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:08 am

I think this is the correct board

Davenport approves $60 million City Square project
DAVENPORT - Davenport's downtown resurgence got another big boost Wednesday night when the City Council approved a development agreement with Restoration St. Louis for the $60 million renovation of the Parker and Putnam buildings, known as City Square. The project will create a hotel with amenities and some residential space at the west end of the block bordered by Second and Third, Brady and Main streets. The building at the east end of the block will have Class A office space. A grocery store and pharmacy also are planned.

http://qctimes.com/news/local/council-a ... 8b72c.html

Hotel, residential and grocery store all in one what a concept (hmmmm 7th & Grand/YWCA, 5th & Court or empty lots south of Court Ave and north of old train Depot projects)
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby DMRyan on Sat Dec 14, 2013 10:28 am

^
This speaks volumes about the caliber of developer that's taking on this project. This project is the biggest one in a while for Downtown Davenport, which is also just about out of large old historic buildings to convert or renovate.

I'm honestly curious if there's enough residential density or daytime business activity to truly support a new downtown grocery store though. More power to them if they can, but I'm guessing that a store like this will have to be subsidized by the city or developer.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby pioneer98 on Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:06 am

There is already a small grocery store in downtown Davenport. It's been there for 2 years:
http://qctimes.com/news/local/new-groce ... 03286.html

Like I said, that one is pretty small. I have no clue how big this proposed one will be. If it is nicer and bigger, it could put the other one out of business. The two will be very close together.
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Re: Davenport: Restoration St.L's "City Square" Project

Postby bettman on Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:35 pm

DMRyan wrote:I'm honestly curious if there's enough residential density or daytime business activity to truly support a new downtown grocery store though. More power to them if they can, but I'm guessing that a store like this will have to be subsidized by the city or developer.


If the new grocer takes WIC and EBT cards, there might be enough business to keep the store profitable.
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