Iowa– Work to clear concrete and parking lots where a casino used to dock recently finished up on the Davenport riverfront as the city begins planning for the next phase of Main Street Landing. By summer of 2018, the city plans to begin construction on the first phase of the project, installing a flex lot. This parking lot will include landscaping, seating and room for food trucks. As for the remaining area, design teams have released images showing an amphitheater at the foot of the skybridge, as well as an event lawn and playground.
The entire project could cost tens of millions of dollars, so the city council will have to decide which parts to implement over the next several years. The city has not yet decided on a final plan but is considering a public-private partnership, which could include commercial space or a restaurant.
Nebraska– A consulting group has been hired by the city of Lincoln to perform an economic development study to find the best use of the land that lies in the path of the Cornhusker Highway corridor. The project, which includes moving railroad tracks and streets, is expected to cost $70 million to $80 million and may start by 2026.
The city has formed the Northeast Lincoln Advisory Committee, to hold a series of public meetings, meet privately with business owners and community leaders and residents, and present information to community groups as it develops recommendations for the city and the Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD). The city is committing to pay about one-third of the $932,250 cost of the yearlong study. Last year, the RTSD picked two potential alternatives for the project. Both would displace some businesses, but no homes. The alternatives generally shift 33rd Street to the west and extend it over railroad tracks. Each includes different plans for traffic on Adams Street.
Illinois– The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will update the public today on proposed changes to its Interstate 55 managed lanes project. Originally intended to add a single lane in each direction between Interstate 294 and Interstate 90/94, IDOT now hopes to include a second managed lane.
The state received federal approval in 2016 to build a single managed lane in each direction of I-55 between Interstate 355 near Bolingbrook to I-90/94, the Dan Ryan Expressway, in Chicago. IDOT would pursue a public-private partnership to fund the project, though a funding source hasn’t been identified. The managed lanes would be tolled.The project website is here.
Ohio– North Canton has renovation plans for its parks and recreation services and will cost $6.1 million. The plan includes creating outdoor performance spaces, expanded parking, new pavilions and a large community playground. The city is asking the state for capital budget funds to cover $2 million of the costs. The city would cover up to 10 percent of the bill and the remaining money would come through a public-private partnership.
Bitzer Park will receive an outdoor performance space and Dogwood Park will add parking spaces, a 22,000-square-foot play area, restrooms and a performance space. The largest renovation would be the creation of an Art and Recreation District in the area of the current little league fields and the Walsh University district. Plans call for creating a natural amphitheater. It would seat about 354 people and be constructed of stone walls and seats. A nearby offsite area would be used for storage. The city will also build an open air, glass enclosed pavilion to seat about 300 people and could be used as a backup venue during bad weather.