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 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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