- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa university said it’s sticking with plans to build an athletic complex on a site that has drawn opposition from some people who live nearby.

Last month, Davenport’s city council approved a rezoning plan for land where St. Ambrose University wants to build a 2,500-seat football stadium and track, the Quad-City Times reported (http://bit.ly/1mtbAMO ). But Mayor Bill Gluba vetoed the plan. The council has a week to decide whether to override the veto.

Some city council members, university officials and two residents who live near the proposed site gathered in a private meeting last week to discuss alternatives.

“We were asked to meet,” said Mike Poster, the university’s vice president for finance. “They were the same options discussed all along. There was nothing new. The university has committed all along to discuss and negotiate with neighbors, but nothing new came out of this meeting.”

He said St. Ambrose University is focused on its current plan for the complex, which would also include parking and other athletic fields.

Jim Welch, a resident who attended the meeting, said he thought the gathering was “useless,” since the college wouldn’t budge on considering other locations.

He said he pitched several other sites. One he proposed is farther than the site the university wants. Neighbors who oppose the project say traffic from the stadium is among their concerns.

“I don’t think the meeting was productive,” Welch said. “We attended as a courtesy to the aldermen who made a last-ditch effort to prove to themselves one last time that somehow they can influence the placement of the stadium someplace else.”

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com