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Quincy Park District approves agreement with QBAREA

Quincy Park District approves agreement with QBAREA

4 weeks ago by Mary Griffith

Delays vote on Riverfront Master Plan to May

The Quincy Park Board Wednesday night approved an inter-governmental agreement with QBAREA -- the Quincy Bay Area Restoration and Enhancement Association.

The support helps leverage up to $20 million in federal funds. The Quincy Park Board also annexed into its taxing jurisdiction the same properties just annexed into the city of Quincy on the north side, around Koch's Lane.

The Park Board heard from Maggie Strong, Cullen Duke, and Chuck Bevelheimer on the benefits of approving the Riverfront Master Plan. Strong says a yes vote will not commit the park board to any funding. It just shows support for the vision of the plan. Park Board president John Frankenhoff told Strong the Park District has no funds to participate in the plan. He says he can't support a tax increase to raise funds and so he doesn't support the plan.

Park Board commissioner Jeff Steinkamp urged a yes vote next month. Steinkamp says it is important to have a written long range plan so that if government dollars become available, the community is ready to act. Quincy's plan would cost as much as $50 million. Bevelheimer noted that Burlington Iowa adopted a riverfront development plan in 2017 with an $81 million price tag. He said that because they had a shovel-ready plan, Burlington was able to kick in only 20 per cent of the cost to leverage the other funds from private and public investors.

The park Board will vote on the measure at its May meeting.

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