- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The much-debated St. Ambrose University sports complex has survived its first vote by Davenport aldermen.

The board voted 6-4 in favor of the project after the first reading Wednesday night. The proposal must pass two more votes for final approval.

The complex, estimated to cost $20 million to $25 million, would include a 2,500-seat stadium, 400 meter track and parking. The athletic complex would be built in a residential area, prompting opposition from many residents who argue it would cause a variety of problems and hurt property values.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/1ljzDAC ) Alderman Bill Edmond voted in favor of the proposal, saying it would be wrong to reject it without more discussion.

“It would be a crime if we let this issue die in the first reading without another four weeks of fact finding,” Edmond said.

Alderman Rick Dunn voted no, saying he believes St. Ambrose needs a new stadium, but not in this residential area.

“To say that a project of this size will not affect the neighborhood is hard for me to believe,” he said.

Several people mentioned concerns about safety and traffic when they spoke against the project at the board meeting. Others said the project didn’t belong in a neighborhood or that it was simply sub-par.

“I want to see something better, something grander,” said resident Gary Nolan.

The next vote is scheduled for June 25.