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Quincy riverfront project moves forward with potential state grant

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There's a push to redevelop the Quincy Riverfront.

New funds are available for the riverfront master plan and Tuesday afternoon, city officials decided how they would want to spend that money.

City leaders said if they get the money, they want to use it to get rid of Ameren Power poles.

It's a project they said will make the riverfront more appealing as they gear up for the master plan project.

On a nice summer day, several people head to the Quincy Riverfront.

"I just like coming down here because it's pretty and peaceful," Quincy resident Barbara Dinwiddie said.

"I usually just walk the dog around here now," Quincy resident Barbara Douglas said.

It's a breath of fresh air along the Mississippi River that city leaders want to make even better, now that they have potential funds to do so.

The Quincy Riverfront Master Plan Steering Committee plans to apply for a $350,000 state grant for riverfront development.

Tuesday afternoon, the committee discussed four projects to put the money towards-- burial of the power lines, dredging the lower bay, putting a recreational use boat dock in, or a trail connection through Bob Bangert Park.

"After some discussion, the committee concluded, the project they preferred out of the four projects vetted, was the burial of the Ameren Power lines," Quincy Planning Director Chuck Bevelheimer said.

He said this project will improve the look of the riverfront.

"This project is unique, as Ameren has some large, high voltage power lines, that run along parallel to the railroad tracks along the riverfront," Bevelheimer said. "Those power lines are very old."

Bevelheimer estimates the burial of power lines from Hampshire Street North to Kessler Park will cost around 350,000 dollars.

"We see this as an aesthetic issue and we have an opportunity to, with some grant funds, to address the issue, so we felt like this was a time to do it," Bevelheimer said.

It's a plan for progress along the riverfront that some residents said they hope will lead to more.

"I would like to see more restaurants and bring the music back down here, that's what I come over here for," Dinwiddie said.

Bevelheimer said this decision will go before city council on Monday, where they will vote on a resolution to submit the grant application.

He said from there, they hope to start working with Ameren in the next couple of months.

He also said they plan to start the riverfront master plan back up, after it was put on pause in March, due to COVID-19.

City officials said this is a joint project between the city and Ameren.

They said Ameren will spend about 350,000 dollars of its own, to bury the power lines.


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Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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