News from around Iowa: Mayor of Davenport vetoes St. Ambrose athletic complex

An update on the post found here.  Mayor Bill Gluba vetoed the rezoning request by St. Ambrose University for a 2,500-seat stadium and sports complex.  The request won the Davenport Plan and Zoning Commission’s approval on a 7-3 vote, and the approval of the Davenport City Council by a 6-4 vote.  “My decision will be criticized by some,” said the Mayor, “but I believe as Mayor I must put neighborhoods ahead of private corporations.”  Neighbors opposing the sports complex are happy, St. Ambrose is not.  Read the article from KWQC.com here.

On the same night the Mayor vetoed a development agreement for “The Dock,” a three-story restaurant, retail and office complex on the riverfront.  This agreement was approved unanimously – 10 to 0 -by the council, but the Mayor expressed concern that “The agreements hand over too much control to the developer at the expense of the public.”

It takes a two-thirds vote to override a mayoral veto in Davenport.  More news to come.

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