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March 30th, 2011 10:18 AM

Those who have lived in the Four Corners area of Davenport this past decade, without many local services or amenities, will remember the exciting announcement late in 2003 that gave great promise and hope in economic redevelopment for East Polk County.  A "garden of dreams" was due to replace the old Baseball City Complex located at the intersection of I-4 and Hwy 27 (Exit 55).

The late Victor Posner had envisioned a turn-of-the-century European Garden City, which was to be a $500 million mixed-use development to include brand name retail shops, high-end boutiques, upscale offices, restaurants, hotels, some multi-family residences, entertainment and cultural venues and public parks. 

Eight years after this initial announcement, even phase one is not yet complete.  The economic downturn of 2007-2008 frightened many prospective commerical and retail vendors into waiting for a more opportune time to invest in Posner's future.  Many retail spaces remain vacant; there are no high-end boutiques, no major restaurants, no movie theaters, no office buildings, and sadly now one of the main anchor stores will soon be leaving.

We need to push Polk County into keeping this dream alive, as more residential homes replace the former short term rentals in Davenport and more families now live permanently in this area.  A residential household needs the convenience of local shopping, a variety of restaurant choices, and family entertainment, such as a movie theater, without having to travel over 20 miles, which is now costly in both time and money.  Families expect and deserve to have local conveniences that will tie them to the area long term.  New home construction will also depend heavily on future local retail and commercial development in order to draw new homebuyers to the area.

The success of Posner Park City Center as the "Gateway to Polk County" will have a major effect on the entire business community and the future of East Polk County.  This may not be a "Field of Dreams" but it is a "Garden of Dreams" with the same voice saying, "If you build it, they will come!"    Hopefully, someone will hear this voice!


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Posted by Barbara Doeringer on March 30th, 2011 10:18 AMPost a Comment

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