Downtown Bettendorf Organization awards $30,000 to downtown businesses for facade and interior improvements – Quad City Times

Chris Trelstad, Adventurous Brewing co-owner and brewer, keeps a close eye on his newest IPA. The Bettendorf brewery is planning on opening their taproom mid to late July or early August.
The Downtown Bettendorf Organization awarded $30,000 to four downtown businesses through a grant program designed to assist businesses in improving their outdoor and indoor appearances. 
Tango Salon and Advanced Diagnostic Services won facade improvement grants and Adventurous Brewery and the Bulldog Arms won interior improvement grants, according to a news release from the Downtown Bettendorf organization. This is the first time the grants have been awarded under the Downtown Bettendorf Organization, rather than the city, according to the press release. 
Leann Themas, business and property owner of Tango Salon, 836 State St., Bettendorf, will install milling headers, fill potholes, and blacktop the business’ parking lot. 
Steve Cotton, business and property owner of Advanced Diagnostic Services, will seal-coat a parking lot at 17th and Grant streets, removing a rock garden in front, and adding new pavers on two sides of the building. 
Adventurous Brewery, 1040 State St., will remodel its front section to add a tasting room. Jon Manatt owns the business and Barron Sexson owns the property. 
The Bulldog Arms, a bar and grill at 1716 State St., will install a new air conditioning system. Josh Howat owns the business and Paul Goettsch owns the property. 
The facade and interior improvement grants program is set to distribute $50,000 each year. The program, which replaces a city-run facade grant, is funded with $25,000 from the city and another $25,000 from Downtown Bettendorf’s Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District. The SSMID is managed by the Downtown Bettendorf organization, a Quad-Cities Chamber affiliate. 
Another $20,000 is available for businesses. Qualifying businesses are within the SSMID’s boundaries, from Martha’s Point east to Premiere Auto and from the Mississippi River north to Brown Street. 
Business and property owners can apply for up to $15,000 or half of the project’s total cost, whichever is less. 
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Land for the new fire department at 4210 N. Brady St. in Davenport.
Davenport will get a new fire station in 2024 on North Brady Street at Welcome Way and East 42nd. Construction is scheduled to be in fiscal 2023.
Construction is underway on East Moline’s new library at the donated former TBK Bank branch building.
With land and building donated by TBK Bank, construction has begun on a new public library in East Moline. At 22,000 square feet, the new library is expected to more than double the current library’s 9,600 square feet. The new library location will be at 1523 8th St., near Runner’s Park (where East Moline also recently finished installing sun shades).
A 115-unit student housing building at Palmer College of Chiropractic is set to be completed in June 2022 on Perry Street.
A new student housing project at Palmer College of Chiropractic is going up on Perry Street. The 115-unit building is set to be completed in June 2022 in a vacant area between East 11th Street and East 10th Street and Perry Street and Pershing Avenue. The student housing is expected to accommodate up to 139 students, said Jillian Mcleary, senior director of communications. Construction began earlier this summer, according to the college’s website. The building permit projected $18.8 million for the project.
This is part of a $50 million, 10-year plan to make the college more attractive to students. A 22,000 square-foot student learning space opened earlier this year with 75 enclosed study spaces and a coffee shop. Coming up, an outdoor terrace, designed as a study space, is expected to open later this fall. Other projects include an experiential learning center with five technique labs and two anatomy labs, and an outdoor recreation and athletic field adjacent to the student housing buildings.
East Moline’s pHat Bottom Labs sells locally sourced hemp-based oil products, antiques, art, and local produce. 
A new storefront in East Moline, pHat Bottom Labs, extracts hemp and sells cannabidiol products. The business sources hemp from area farmers who use the plant as a cover crop, and extracts the oil with a machine that can produce up to 3 liters a week.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a plant related to the plant-based tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that gives users a “high,” according to a New York Times review of research on CBD. Hemp is cannabis that contains 0.3% or less of THC, according to a Congressional fact sheet published after the 2018 farm bill relaxed restrictions on hemp growth. CBD is being studied to determine whether it lessens the effects on seizures, depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and PTSD. The strongest evidence is for CBD reducing seizures in rare childhood disorders, but studies are ongoing for other possible effects of cannabidiol.
Vicki Hughes and Amanda Ryan, owners of the business, started pHat Bottom Labs after treating veterans with PTSD. They send product samples to Altitude Consulting, a hemp-testing laboratory based in Englewood, Colorado, and publish the lab results on their website.
Filling the rest of the storefront is antique furniture and decorations, works from local artists (including Hughes’ father who sells landscape mud paintings), locally grown produce such as honey, microgreens, soap and mushrooms. Some of the producers infuse pHat Bottom Labs CBD oil into their products — CBD bath bombs and honey, for example.
TBK Bank plans to move its Midwest Division headquarters from Davenport to a new location just west of Bettendorf City Hall.
TBK opened its new headquarters in downtown Bettendorf this summer at 1521 Grant Street. The four-story building includes the bank branch, a restaurant and retail shops. The bank is located east of the I-74 bridge. Adorning the second- and third-floor walls are murals painted by artists with the Metro Arts Youth Apprenticeship program of the Quad City Arts. TBK bank has 63 branches throughout Texas, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, Kansas and Iowa.
Here it is! The new TBK Bank – Downtown Bettendorf location is open!
A sign for Tequila’s Bar and Lounge has gone up at the former Uptown Grill next to Kimberly Mart on Kimberly and Eastern Avenue in Davenport.
A new rehabilitation hospital is under construction at the UnityPoint campus in Moline. The 40-bed facility will help patients recovering from an injury, stroke, or another illness. 
Going up at 52nd Avenue and 7th Street in Moline is a new UnityPoint Health rehabilitation center that, once completed, will help patients as they recover from an injury, surgery, stroke, or other debilitating illness. The 40-bed, 50,000 square-foot rehab hospital is expected to be finished by summer 2022. The building permit cited a cost of $20 million, though the entire facility is expected to cost between $30 and 35 million, according to Jamie Mullin, marketing director for UnityPoint Health. The building will include 40 private patient rooms, a therapy gym, an activities of daily living suite, therapy courtyard, dining room, in-house pharmacy and dayroom areas, Mullin said.
The now-closed Wise Guys Pizza on 53rd Street in Davenport was sold in July to the owner of two Wendy’s chain restaurants.
The former Wise Guys Pizza on East 53rd Street in Davenport was sold in July to Ruppel Iowa, LLC, which owns two Wendy’s chain restaurant locations in Davenport. 

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Sarah is the Bettendorf, East Moline, and Silvis reporter for the Quad City Times covering local government and news in the those areas. She graduated from the University of Iowa this spring and was the editor of the student-run newspaper The Daily Iowan.
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