Unlike many of its peer cities, Davenport did not build a levee wall along the river. On the one hand, that means that the downtown has views to the Mississippi River. On the other hand, any new development must guard against the impacts of flooding. In Davenport, the relationship to the water is more intimate, as the space between them is occupied by a gradual slope, an active rail line and acres of surface parking.
Downtown Riverfront Interface
In order to address the site’s constraints and guide new development, eight design principles were established to shepherd any development forward on the site of the former Dock Restaurant and American Legion Building.
Three development scenarios helped to meet the stated objectives of a signature site on “one of the most memorable pieces of real estate on the Mississippi River”.