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Keokuk Barge Commission tours boat and will move forward with a plan

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Riverboat on the water next to Southside Boat Club. Riverboat on the water next to Southside Boat Club.
Crews working to put in the walkway. Crews working to put in the walkway.
Crews working on the river. Crews working on the river.
Families taking photos and video with their phone. Families taking photos and video with their phone.
Parts of the boat that need to be improved. Parts of the boat that need to be improved.
KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

Members of the barge commission in Keokuk finally toured it last week and will start planning for a redevelopment project.  

City Administrator Aaron Burnett said the group met with engineers last Tuesday to discuss what to do next with the barge.

He said the outside of the structure looks rough but the inside is in very good shape.

Burnett added that a lot of work has been done behind the scenes and now the group can move forward to work with professionals on plans and costs. 

"It's gotten dirty over the last two years that it has been out of use, but walking through it, the vision started to come together for the commission and we will be able to give that directive to the architects and engineers," Burnett said. 

The barge was moved from the Quad Cities to Keokuk in the fall last year.

The commission will continue to meet on a regular basis.

There have been talks about turning it into a restaurant, event center, meeting space, and even a mini shopping center, but nothing has been finalized.  

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