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.
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.
California– San Diego State University (SDSU) is closer to getting a new stadium. The university revealed its $3 billion, 15-year SDSU Mission Valley initiative. The initiative includes the Mission Valley area-stadium site. To avoid raising student fees or state money to finance the new stadium, the city is turning to a public-private partnership (P3).
SDSU’s plans include a 35,000-seat college football stadium that could be expanded to accommodate professional sports, 4,500 residential units for the university, retail, office buildings, two hotels and 90 acres of parks and plazas. SDSU does not own the property yet and is facing competition from a private company. San Diego voters will decide between the two proposals in November.
Delaware– The University of Delaware (UD) is continuing a $750 million capital campaign focused on additions to the STAR Campus, the recently created Biden Institute and upgrades to the Delaware Stadium. The university has already raised $500 million. UD will construct a new building to house the Biden Institute and expand the School of Public Policy and Administration.
The first phase of the stadium upgrade will focus on the home-side bleachers and include the construction of a stadium club and a new press box, installation of chair-back seating in the middle three sections, and upgrades to restrooms and concession stands. An athletic center and a plaza will be built in front of the stadium. The STAR Campus will be built for graduate and doctoral students. The University hopes to fund the project they’ve termed graduate city through a public-private partnership. The exact cost of this project is unknown as it is still being developed. UD also announced plans for a $156 million biopharmaceutical lab, which will join other proposed projects at the site, including the Chemours building, a 10-story tower and the existing health sciences complex.