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Final PID Application

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St. Ambrose University submitted the final version of its Planned Institutional District (PID) application to the City on April 7. Following are links to the final application documents:

PID Application Form (pdf)
SVC PID Application Narrative (pdf)
Changes Made to the Application (pdf)
Land Use Plan Maps (Appendix II) (pdf)
Fencing Visual (Appendix IIA) (jpg)
Parking and Traffic Study (Appendix III) (pdf)
Expanded Traffic Report (Appendix IIIA) (pdf)
Storm Water Study (Appendix IV) (pdf)
College and University Stadiums (Appendix V) (PowerPoint downlaod)
Other SVC Plan Concepts (Appendix VI) (pdf)
Noise Study (Appendix VII) (pdf)
AHS Waiver Support (Appendix VIIA) (pdf)
Light Studies (Appendix VIII) (pdf)
Pictures of High School Stadiums (Appendix IX) (PowerPoint dowload)
Assessed Value Around Other Stadiums (Appendix X and Appendix XI) (pdf)
College Stadiums in Neighborhoods (Appendix XII) (PowerPoint download)
Parking Lot Light Study (Appendix XIII) (pdf)
Proposed Traffic Plan (Appendix XIV) (pdf)
Biographies of Specialists (Appendix XV) (pdf)

Why does St. Ambrose need an athletics complex?
Why would St. Ambrose build a stadium in a residential neighborhood?
Why not continue to use the Brady Street Stadium?
What changes has St. Ambrose made to its development plan to minimize impact on neighbors?
What about putting the stadium south of Locust?

Why does St. Ambrose need an athletics complex?
Simply stated, St. Ambrose has run out of space for athletics and campus recreation.

  • 23 varsity sports and nearly 700 student-athletes
  • 150 track athletes-and no track
  • SAU teams currently use nearly 20 off-campus sites (even as far away as Muscatine) for practice and play
  • Of the 15 private schools we compete against in Iowa: 13 have football, and 11 of those 13 have their own stadiums
  • The stadium field would get considerable practice use, and use for intramurals and general recreation
  • Our own stadium would be a major attraction for top athletes who have often had better facilities in high school, and who are being recruited by other colleges with top-notch facilities
  • A stadium would create a focal point for students and alumni to support athletics, and adds considerable pride, excitement and enthusiasm to the campus environment
  • "Home-field advantage" has a real and measurable impact on sports teams at all levels
  • Studies consistently show that playing facilities rank in the top three among sports-related reasons student-athletes cite for choosing or not choosing a school
  • Successful athletic programs raise a school's overall profile, leading to more (and more academically accomplished) first-year applicants

In order to remain competitive in student recruitment and maintain our enrollment, we must improve our athletics and recreational space, including a stadium. More and more, we are finding ourselves competing with other colleges with such facilities.

Why would St. Ambrose build a stadium in a residential neighborhood?
Between existing Assumption High School fields, existing SAU fields, and even City parks to the north, the area is already functioning as an athletic complex. The site already handles athletic events of comparable size and activity to almost any that the SAU development would host (e.g., the AHS gymnasium seats about 1,800 and hosts numerous capacity events each year).

Why not continue to use the Brady Street Stadium?
Because of its high use, it is very difficult to schedule practice time in it, and we've even had a varsity game bumped at the last minute due to a scheduling oversight. In addition, most colleges and universities of like size to St. Ambrose have their own stadium. Not having one puts us at a competitive disadvantage in the recruitment and retention of student-athletes and those students who participate in intramural sports.

What changes has St. Ambrose made to its development plan to minimize impact on neighbors?

The SVC development concept has undergone many modifications and a significant reduction in size since 2010, in large part, due to feedback and input from neighbors. St. Ambrose has worked hard to create a plan that will minimize impact on neighbors and still meet critical university needs.

  • The stadium would be placed near the interior of the property, so as to minimize light and noise impact. 
  • The stadium would situated at the natural, lowest point of the property, so as to lessen its visual impact.
  • The stadium would be oriented so as to minimize light and noise impact.
  • Seating has been cut in half to 2,500, which would reduce noise and traffic. (For comparison, Brady Street Stadium seats 9,000; North Scott has 5,800 seats; and Bettendorf is a 4,000-seat stadium)
  • Major indoor facilities have been eliminated, which would reduce traffic.
  • Lighting has been removed from the practice fields in order to reduce impact to the east.
  • Parking has been moved to the interior of the property so as to minimize light and noise impact.
  • The development would be fenced to restrict student and visitor access from the neighborhood.
  • The development would be located out of the flood plain
  • Landscaping of north and east sides of the development would minimize visual impact, maintaining the appearance of greenspace for our neighbors.
  • Event day management would include uniformed police and traffic directors for capacity events.
  • At least initially, university security staff would patrol the neighborhoods around the complex during larger-scale events, directing spectators to park in the University-provided lots, if necessary. This practice would be continued unless it became clear that no problem existed. 
  • The University would install a distributed loudspeaker system at the stadium.
  • An electronic "limiter" would be added to ensure the volume would not be turned up.
  • Maintenance crews would clean the stadium after all large-scale events to ensure garbage does not end up in adjoining neighborhoods.
  • SAU personnel would meet annually with representatives from Assumption High School, the Davenport Police Department, the Neighborhood Relations Council and the City of Davenport Traffic Division to discuss traffic-flow issues during large-scale events.

What about putting the stadium south of Locust?

St. Ambrose does not own land south of Locust that could accommodate a development of this size and it would take decades to acquire the amount of property needed. There is absolutely no indication that the neighbors who live in the homes south of Locust Street would want to see their neighborhoods razed for such a development (as opposed to the SVC plan, which would not require the demolition of a single home). In addition, such a development would require taking a significant number of property-tax paying properties off the City's rolls, with an annual estimated impact of $400,000.