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Dubuque to revamp riverfront?

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Dubuque has a new vision for its riverfront.

City officials are discussing plans to redevelop South Port into a new vibrant neighborhood. South Port is southeast of downtown, and underneath the Julien Dubuque Bridge along the Mississippi River.

Right now, the 33 acres of land does not look like much. Parts of it are not well maintained, filled with industrial machinery, or railroad equipment.

The city wants to revamp it, make the South Port look more like the Dubuque Riverwalk area, which is considered part of the North Port. Not too long ago, in the 1990s, it looked completely different. Industrial property also filled the area. 

"There wasn't a whole lot here, obviously the two bridges," said Ryan Vondran of Dubuque.

Consultants from the firm, Shive Hattery came up with the concept. The plans include a new marina, waterfront hotel, also residential buildings. The plans also include an event plaza, pavilion and fitness equipment. 

 "I'm all for it, I think it's nice and refreshing that the city government is really working hand in hand with private sector business owners, and I think that's refreshing," Vondran said. 

Dubuque Main Street says this is another good move for the city. 

"The riverfront itself has a lot to offer, whether it be a marina, it be a base where you can put kayaks in. I, myself think that would be something that would be very unique to our area," said Michaela Freiburger, program specialist. 

The city of Dubuque owns about 65-percent of the land in the South Port.

They received a $200,000 grant to help plan for the redevelopment. 

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