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Park Board hears initial riverfront renovation plan

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Jul. 12, 2018 8:55 am Updated: Jul. 12, 2018 11:05 pm

QUINCY -- The initial plan to renovate the Quincy riverfront was unveiled to the Quincy Park Board on Wednesday night. Our news-gathering partners at WGEM reported the plan could cost the city, county and Quincy Park District about $6 million.

"We would look at doing a pier that would extend out and there would be docks on that pier," Quincy Park Board President Bob Gough said.

WGEM reported that the pier would be at the end of Hampshire Street near Clat Adams Bicentennial Park.

"What we want to do is have someone develop something that could potentially cut down the amount of dredging we would have to do on the riverfront to a potential pier or dock," Gough said.

Gough said the plan would cost the Park District about $1.5 million. But WGEM reported that some commissioners aren't on board with it.

"I don't think this is going anywhere," Park Board Commissioner John Frankenhoff said. "I've talked to five alderman who have been absolutely opposed to it."

However, WGEM reported that some businesses on the river say any sort of money spent on the riverfront would be a shot in the arm for their bottom line.

"Our business would skyrocket," said Olivia Stotts, assistant manager at Chicks on the River.

Stotts thinks the riverfront lacks development.

"The river is gorgeous and a lot of the reasons that people come to Chicks is to sit on our patio and look at the river," Stotts said. "I think there's so many things that they could do to help utilize this area."

Mayor Kyle Moore told WGEM that he supports the pier and boat dock proposal and hopes a renovated riverfront can help the city's economy grow.

"Riverfront development has been talked about for generations in the city of Quincy and I think now is the time," said Moore. "There's never going to be a better time than today to develop our riverfront."

These plans are part of the city's strategic plan that was passed by council earlier this year.

The deadline for companies to submit their concepts and proposals is next month. The county, city and park board all have to sign off on it before any work begins.

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