The city of Quincy will finally move forward renovating the city's riverfront. This comes after five years of planning.
The city will connect two parks, Edgewater and Clat Adams, by making a new trail, the Riverfront Connector Trail.
The city council set aside the money for the project back in 2009. They also obtained grants from the state to fund the project.
However, the city ran into several problems when they tried to begin the project.
"We ran into railroad crossing issues since there is a crossing that currently serves the Northside Boat Club in Edgewater Park that crossing is too close to the planned crossing we had at Jersey street so the railroad said we would not be able to put a crossing in at that location," Chuck Bevelheimer, Director of Planning and Development for the city of Quincy said.
Bevelheimer says this area took up the most time in the expansion process.
"We had to get a variance from IDOT because there is not enough room to squeeze the trail through between the steps that go into the boat club and the tracks there, needs to be at least i think 10 feet clearance and I think we only had 9," Bevelheimer said.
Because the state is involved, they had to explore many options.
One was building a bridge behind the historic boat house. They decided not go that route because hunters skeet shoot from the back of the building.
Another option was moving the building. The Northside Boat Club is considered a historic landmark, with that comes a lot of red tape and trying to figure out how much a new foundation would be.
Once the city proved both options were not feasible, they went back to square one.
"So we did sought a variance and got a variance to that distance so that all took time on top of that IDOT had to review and approve the plans and then they had to let the bids on the plan so all that took time," Bevelheimer said.
A variance is a waiver from traditional standards.
The variance will allow the city to build the trail by the tracks. The city will also put a four foot security fence near the trail as well.
The renovation is expected to begin once the weather warms up and will be done by a Rees Construction Company of Quincy.