Keokuk focuses on future riverfront plans
Keokuk, Iowa —
Keokuk leaders discussed ways to keep the city's riverfront afloat through a former casino barge at Thursday night’s city council meeting.
The barge was transported to southeast Iowa last year from Davenport after the city bought it for $1.
About 30 people are expected to tour the barge Friday.
Those people will later brainstorm and submit ideas for the barge's future.
A barge committee has been working to clean the barge's interior in anticipation of tomorrow.
Crews also have been surveying cost estimates.
Officials have many ideas in mind for the 30,000-square foot boat.
“There has been a lot of things shot around," Keokuk City Administrator Cole O’Donnell said. "An event center, possibly having a boutique motel, which is just a small hotel type of thing more of a bed and breakfast. Having a couple of restaurants in there a brew pub.”
The barge commission agreed not to seek any interior modifications until there is a plan or tenant for the barge.
For the barge to be usable, the city must set up all gangways, power and utilities.