Monday, June 18, 2007

Baseball, 2 demos and a house flip

These are 3 random things, but a certain other blogger used the Randomness title already today.

I went to the Swing game Saturday night with my family, and as Pioneer mentioned on his blog, it was pretty packed. It was John Deere night, free "flying disc" night, and fireworks night, in addition to being the day before Father's Day and in the midst of Sturgis. The Swing turned a triple play, which is probably the first time I've seen that live at any level of baseball. Having a good crowd like that really demonstrates the difference that attendance makes to the excitement of the game. With that big of a crowd, there actually was a "roar of the crowd" instead of a "cheer of 300 people." Apparently the Thrivent/Special Olympics-sponsored night last week involved $2 tickets, and had over 6000 people in attendance. If the soon-to-be new owners of the Swing are able to lower ticket prices a bit, maybe we can see big crowds for most games. Once we start having big crowds, with more excitement during the game, then more people will want to return for more games. I've said before that it makes more sense to me to have 5000 people paying $5 than 2500 people paying $9, especially when you factor in concessions. I'm no business major though...


For those of you that don't make it SoLo to see these kinds of things, demolition has finally begun on the two houses south of Sacred Heart. The first house on the corner is already gone, and the next house to the south looks ready to go this week. I've asked before, but does anyone know what the plans are for these? I believe they're owned by the Cathedral.


I noticed this on the city's website the other day.
Investor's Opportunity
1711 Grand Avenue
Davenport, Iowa 52803

This privately owned building is being recommended for demolition as part of a code enforcement effort by the City of Davenport.

The goal is to make the public aware of buildings that are being considered for demolition by the City of Davenport in an effort to locate interested investors that are willing to rehab the buildings and return them to code compliant condition and as active, tax producing properties.


Here's a shot of the home in question. Apparently the city is recommending people try to buy it off of the current owner before they (the city?) are forced to demolish it. Hopefully someone is inspired by all these shows on TV and decides to snap it up and renovate it. Too bad since its SoLo you can't resell it for a profit...


If you can't find something worthwhile to comment about these widely varying stories, you're not trying hard enough.

21 Comments:

At 6/18/2007 12:08 PM, Blogger pioneer98 said...

There are a few people out there is flipping houses. Over on the West side, I've seen a handful of houses both NoLo and SoLo that look like flip jobs.

 
At 6/18/2007 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that house owned by the infamous Tony LaHood? I thought he was soooo wonderful at rehabbing since his Jackie Bostic excercism. Oh well, I guess we can't all be saved.

 
At 6/18/2007 3:41 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

The Assessor's site shows that its currently "commercial" and lists the owner as
"QUAD CITY CONSOLIDATED LLC
MCDEVITT RAYMOND J"

 
At 6/18/2007 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THe Jackie Bostic Exocism - how funny is that? I love it.

 
At 6/18/2007 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quad City Consolidated...aka Tony LaHood. Nice to see things have not changed with the so called changing of the guard. Wonder what lies he's going to come up with about the next inspection manager?

 
At 6/18/2007 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith, can you get a little history on this property and find out why its on the demo list? I'd ask Lynn since its in his ward but doubt I would get an impartial response.

 
At 6/18/2007 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard LaHood refused to put up a demolition deferral bond, so now the taxpayers have to foot the bill to have this property taken down. Isn't this the same guy who received lien forgiveness from the council on other properties? Shame on him, and shame on this council.

 
At 6/19/2007 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Meyers asking for a way to have a say in the residential design of a building on 15th and Main (see COW meeting 18 June) but is against design standards for the downtown????

 
At 6/19/2007 4:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? No post on GOOGLE opening a data center in Council Bluffs?

 
At 6/19/2007 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what those properties at 15th and Main are and who owns them? Thay aren't Crapitat are they?

 
At 6/21/2007 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to know a great deal about 1711 Grand Avenue. It has been nothing but a crack house for a long time. Last June the tentants burned it up. Earl Wessel had sold it on contract to his son in law slumlord Mark Meyers. When it burned Meyers sold it off to Tony La Hood. I don't care what the courthouse says it's a La Hood property. He pulled commmercial dumpsters out on the street for weeks. Loaded it with pick up truck loads from other of his properties. Didn't have a permit for this at first on the dumpsters. Had his flunkies tear down part of the burned section. Left glass, wood and huge dangerous piles of mess laying on the property for months. The city was constantly called in by the neighbors. This house has had so many 911 calls that any property taxes do not even cover the 911 calls expense.
Jamie Howard toured this property with La Hood last fall. She is on his side. Bill Lynn was totally ineffective in any calls to him. Why is the city making such a pitch to save this particular problem house. The yard is never mowed unless a neighbor emails the city to do it. There are limbs from the storm that never got picked up. It needs to be green space and bought by a caring neighbor who would beautify the land.
Do not vote for Howard or Lynn if you are a homeowner who cares about decency in your neighborhood.

 
At 6/21/2007 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:26, You hit it on the head, But ask yourself why Ald. Lynn is so ineffective. The answer is that he supports the likes of the QCRAP'ers and their fleecing of the good people of Davenport. Have you ever heard Lynn speek out about LaHood and the rest? Lynn himself owns two rental shacks. Go figure!

 
At 6/21/2007 9:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LaHood is, and has been bad for Davenport. This council, on the backing of Bill Lynn and Jamie Howard, who has been seen with LaHood in places like Ottowa IL. of all places, continue to back this scum. GET RID OF THEM. THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY INTEREST IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS OF THIS TOWN. They think they can beat whatever deamons they posess with LaHood's uncle's money, which is what he flashes around to impress.

 
At 6/22/2007 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray Mcdevitt is a realtor.

 
At 6/22/2007 8:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ray McDevitt may be a realtor but,he is also a landlord. He use to own the white 4 plex dump on the corner of Douglas Court and Grand with a partner. He has never been around 1711 Grand although his name is on it at the courthouse. Only Tony LaHood was orchestrating that property. The people that need to be educated about Bill Lynn are the older homeowners who go to his ward meetings and vote. He stands up there and pontificates to them. Hopefully they have clued in by now. Spread the word every chance you get to get Lynn out of office. He is making a mockery of us in the 5th ward.

 
At 6/27/2007 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:07,

Trust Wally Skrovonski to ride Lynn like a donkey all the way through the election. You are right, Lynn needs to go away and drop off the face of the earth.

 
At 6/03/2009 11:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony LaHood? They should have named him Tony The Hood! Is this the same guy that travels throughout the U.S. Building hotels using illegal Mexican immigrants? The one from Peoria, Illinois? He is a scammer and has no regard for anyone but himself and lining his own pockets at the expense of others. Good people of the US..beware of this man. He will charm the pants right off of you, but his sociopathic and devient behavior does not warrant one second of your precious time. Run as fast as you can if you come in contact with this guy! He is bad news!

 
At 11/04/2014 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to work for him in davenport 10 yrs ago, all his places were scummy and he even tried burning down one of his properties unsuccessfully...

 
At 10/29/2015 5:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Champaign, IL. Tony LaHood recently purchased a dumpy little restaurant on the U of I campus, and he is there quite often.

I had a very odd feeling about him, and Googled him. The content on this page, plus a lot of other stuff I have found, have confirmed my suspicions.

 
At 10/29/2015 5:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I should add that he constantly brags about his family, as well....even tries (always unsuccessfully) to hit on the college girls by telling him that his uncle served in the Cabinet.

 
At 11/06/2015 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Run a way from Tony LaHood, biggies layer and cheater, so Champiagn people be aware don't ever let him in your place, or try do to any business transaction with him

 

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