Projects such as renovation of the former Wonder Bread bakery were major elements in Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba's State of the City address on Monday.
Loft apartments and a retail center are planned at the former bakery at 1034 E. River Drive.Local developer Dan Dolan bought the building for $375,000, according to John Ruhl, executive vice president and sales manager of NAI Ruhl and Ruhl Commercial Co.
The three-story, 100,041-square-foot building will take at least a year to remodel, according to Mr. Ruhl. Mr. Dolan could not be reached for comment on Monday.
"In that interim, we will have some temporary space available for warehousing or office space in the building for start-up companies," Mr. Ruhl said. "I'm excited to see the project move ahead."
Ald. Gene Meeker, At-Large, said Mr. Dolan will move his offices to the building's ground floor.
"He's got about three other businesses that are going to locate there," Ald. Meeker said. "He said there will be about 50 to 60 apartments, one-, two-, three-bedroom. It's going to be a sizable number, and he's got the parking around there."
Ald. Meeker said the city will have 1,800 to 2,000 people living downtown in the coming years. During his speech Monday, Mayor Gluba said 1,200 people currently live in Davenport's downtown.
"That's going to be a market in itself, which will draw in other businesses and service," Ald. Meeker said. "We need a drug store downtown. We need a grocery store downtown. These things will come when you build the population base.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.