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Keokuk focuses on future riverfront plans

Keokuk focuses on future riverfront plans through former casino barge

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.

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