Its been suggested that the next steps should involve contacting the 13 who did not show interest, and finding out what issues prevented them from submitting a proposal. This seems like a good idea to me, as the property is located at a pretty hot corner of the hottest street in Davenport real estate. Either the commercial market is getting saturated, or developers were turned off by some of the special requirements in the RFP. I didn't feel any of the parameters were that constraining, but I could see how developers would prefer no constraints at all.
Here are a couple of examples of general guidelines for this development (I believe they are subject to negotiation) from the RFP:
8) Structures that are located on, or adjacent to, a square or plaza shall be a minimum of two stories.Obviously, these kind of things are going to provide ammunition to the anti-Prairie Heights crowd, but the fact is that the new urbanism idea was agreed upon with a large amount of public process. The problem is that not much of the public got involved in the process, but now some of them want to criticize. Also, I don't know how many of these types of specific constraints are present in normal zoning laws, but I know there are some. It isn't completely out of the ordinary for the city to specify things like this.
10) Buildings shall avoid long, monotonous, uninterrupted wall or roof planes. The facade of a building should be divided into distinct modules no longer than 100 feet.
11) Generally, structures shall align with build-to lines. In the case of long commercial rows or residential row houses, units may step back and forward returning to the build-to line to help articulate the facade.
Here's a site plan taken from the RFP. I have heard that the library will be located north of the church, but I'm not sure how far north. I put my guess at a possible location on the map, but one of the Aldermen that read this could provide a better pinpointing of where that will be. It was going to be located along 53rd, until Aldermen decided that a branch library doesn't need to have frontage on the hottest commercial street in Davenport. A logical decision, and one that I believe both "sides" of the council agreed on. Also, when viewing the image below, keep in mind that the commercial layout is just a possible design of the development.