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Dubuque Council Approves Dupaco Millwork District Agreement

“Voices” Building (Courtesy: Groenen Development)

The Dubuque City Council has given its approval to the renovation of one of the largest buildings in the Historic Millwork District. The council voted in favor of a development agreement with Dupaco Community Credit Union, which plans to invest $37.5 million to create a new operations center at what’s known as the “Voices” building at 1000 Jackson Street. As a part of the agreement, the city is providing a benefits package valued at approximately $2.1 million, which includes property tax rebates and grants. But some council members balked at other details of the deal, including the requirement that the city provide an annual parking inventory of the Millwork District. Councilman Brett Shaw says that’s an added cost. Councilman Jake Rios, whose ward includes the Millwork District, expressed concern that the money the city would spend there would take away from potential projects in other areas, specifically along the Central Avenue corridor. But Councilman Ric Jones countered that there’s no reason the city can’t continue to put resources in multiple areas. City Manager Mike Van Milligen shared that Dupaco had looked at other locations outside the Millwork District, and likely explored moving out of Dubuque. The agreement passed 5-2, with Shaw and Rios voting against. Dupaco is still waiting on a set of state incentives. If they’re approved next month, the credit union would begin work on the building, with an expected “move-in” date in the fall of next year.

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