RI apartment building construction scheduled to begin


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Originally Posted Online: Sept. 25, 2012, 11:51 pm
Last Updated: Sept. 26, 2012, 10:05 am
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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com

Plans are complete for a three-story apartment building in downtown Rock Island with construction scheduled to start in late October.

"We're past the design stage," said Italo Milani, owner of architecture firm Italo Milani PC. "We're doing the actual contract documents now."

Located at 1708-1710 3rd Ave., the 15,000-square-foot building has an estimated budget of $1.2 million to $1.4 million. It will house 17 apartments and one commercial space on the first floor.

The first floor commercial space, located in the front of the building, will be 700 square feet. Five apartments will have two bedrooms; 12 will have one bedroom.

The two-bedroom units will be 700 square feet and the one-bedroom units will be 550 square feet. All will have a strip kitchen, one bathroom, energy efficient appliances and an open floor plan. Washers and dryers will be on each floor.

The building will not have an elevator, and there will be a handicapped accessible one-bedroom unit on the first floor.

The original one-story structure on the lot was planned to be renovated into apartments. But when owner Roy Yelder began pulling overgrown vines off the front of it, he noticed bricks starting to crumble.

Overnight, the front of the structure fell into the street.

"The vines were holding the building together," said Mr. Milani. "The whole front end of the building collapsed."

After the structure was demolished, plans were made for a bigger apartment building with green design. Exterior walls will use structurally insulated panels, said Milani Architecture intern Jonathon Carstens.

The wall is one continuous piece of insulation, making units completely airtight and creating more efficient heating and cooling. Consisting of foam filled paneling, they are as structurally strong as a stud wall, said Mr. Carstens.

"This will be the first building in Rock Island using these wall panels," he said.

The building will have a reflective roof, made by Firestone, that will help reduce heating and cooling costs. All of the apartments will have balconies with sliding glass doors.

"It's a nice way to get air and light into the apartments," said Mr. Carstens.

Street side parking will be available, but tenants also can lease spaces from US Bank next door or use a nearby parking garage. A bus stop is less than 200 feet from the front door and the bus terminal is one block away, said Mr. Carstens.

The building also is across the street from the Stern Center and accessible to downtown amenities. Mr. Milani said they hope to have the apartments ready for tenants in early spring 2013.

"It's being built as inexpensively as possible so rent will be cheaper, too," he said.

Mr. Yelder said he has not yet determined rents or the name for the building. He said he has been renovating buildings in Iowa City for 20 years and in the Quad-Cities for nearly three years. He renovated the building at 1706 3rd Ave. into apartments and retail space.



















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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