The Freight House
It will be great to see a new attempt at making something of the Freight House, considering its location right in the heart of downtown and the riverfront. The venues that have failed in the past didn't make as much sense as the current plan, and Penguin's is already an established comedy club, so that should bring in an existing customer base. This highly visible location has got to be better than their previous location tucked away in the corner of IOC's former outlet mall.
I also look forward to eating at the planned mid-priced restaurant. Downtown could use something between places like Mac's and Boozies and places like Centro, Duck City and Savitri's. The failure of 225 at the Figge should show that we've got enough expensive food downtown for now. I think Davenport will be able to find funding to improve the west end of the building to compliment the outdoor farmer's market with restrooms, cold storage, etc. Maybe some volunteers can be found to help paint the boxcar to save the city some cash on that front.
The Rock Island Armory
Unfortunately, I agree with today's QCTimes editorial that the armory should be let go. Davenport already has the bandshell in LeClaire Park, and the RiverVision plan envisions an amphitheater facing the river west of Marquette sometime in the distant future. Is it just me or does sitting in between the walls of the armory with no roof not sound like the greatest venue? I hate to see any historic building be torn down, but unless they can find a feasible use that makes more sense than an amphitheater with the styling of a bombed out building, it has to go.
Former Roederer Warehouse, now 4th Street Lofts
320 East 4th Street
The second phase of Alexander Company's plans for the Crescent Warehouse District is having its official grand opening this coming Tuesday from 4-6:30PM. Frequent Lofts critics should come and check out what they've been bashing all this time. This building takes the total to over 120 apartments that Alexander Company has added to downtown Davenport. I hope to see many of you there.