Davenport, IA (2006)

Clients: City of Davenport and Davenport One

  • Grow existing outdoor farmers market into a centerpiece of a market district
  • Develop historic freight shed into a complementary year round market
  • Tie market growth into waterfront redevelopment plans
  • Operating and development pro-forma

The uses and activities along Davenport’s stretch of the Mississippi River, from the ballpark to the casino to the farmers markets are major attractions for the city. Despite this energy and the excitement of new projects (both iconic architecture and adaptive reuse), the waterfront and downtown did not function well from a place perspective.

PPS took a comprehensive approach to improving the market by exploring how it could become a stronger place that would attract more people. An expansion of the market into the historic freight house and a broader Placemaking effort around the building will provide market customers with a variety of additional things to do before, during and after shopping at the market.

The client was provided with a strategy enabling them to make incremental and sustainable changes both operationally and with capital investments