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, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2013. There are 27 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Within a few weeks the Rock Island Barracks will contain more than 10,000 rebel prisoners, a guard of about 1,500 and a large number of officers. This should bring business to our city. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Corn was selling at 25 cents per bushel in Rock Island county, and the average price of wheat was 80 cents per bushel. 1913 -- 100 years ago: R.G. Hudson and R.H. Dart were elected wardens at Trinity Episcopal Church. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Smiling, baldish, 30-year-old Jimmy Roosevelt reported for work today as movie maker Sam Goldwyn's new hired hand. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Members of the East Moline City Council last night unanimously voted approval of the name of John F. Kennedy Drive for the improved sections of 3rd and 4th streets between 17th Avenue and the south city limits. 1988 -- 25 years ago: A $70,000 fundraising drive is underway to establish a Big Brother/Big Sisters program in the Quad-Cities. Organizers hope to raise funds to begin the nationally affiliated program by March 1.