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Hannibal Parks & Rec officially present riverfront renovation to council

A graphic rendering of the Hannibal riverfront renovation (KHQA/Marcus Espinoza).

Andy Dorian along with engineers from Hannibal Parks and Recreation officially presented their idea for a brand new riverfront along the entire Hannibal region.

The first reading was given in front of a modest audience at city chambers Tuesday night.

A big change to the design however has been the removal of a sheet-metal wall.

It's now a rip-rap wall. The steel would have cost as much as the entire project, nearly $5 million.

Dorian says the current structures are crumbling and because they were installed in various stages, do not make a cohesive riverfront.

"It'll be a whole new promenade that'll go from one side to the next. We're going to have a new updated marina with better security lighting, security cameras, a new events space, new electric, water, roads, sidewalks, so basically everything, it's starting new," said Dorian.

Hannibal City Manager Jeff LaGarce says this version of the plan has been extremely well considered and vetted.

"We went through a pretty heavy public input phase in 2016, a better part of the year actually, and so my understanding is people are pretty pleased with this plan and it seems to accomplish what everybody wanted to see accomplished. I can't sit here and tell you that this plan will be approved, but I would say we'll have an approved plan on a scale of 1-10, probably a 10, whatever that approved plan is, here very soon," said LaGarce.

Parks and Recreation will now have to present their formal proposal to the Hannibal Park Board and Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau on April 12th and 17th, respectively.

If that moves forward as planned, city council could vote on the project in as early as two weeks or at the beginning of May.

If approved, ground breaking could begin by October of this year.

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