Moline Community Development Corp. is seeking a buyer for its first "flip" so it can further its efforts to stabalize neighborhoods and provide affordable housing to low- and moderate-income families.
The Phase I renovation is complete, and while more work is planned, the two-bedroom home at 4005 26th St., Moline, is for sale as-is for $54,500.
"This is an opportunity for a family to have a home, a family who may not otherwise have that opportunity," said CDC neighborhood liaison Jolene Keeney.
Created in 2008 to focus on neighborhood improvement and provide quality housing, it has raised funds for a new playground at Riverside Park and administered a fund helping people who have lost their jobs with mortgage payments.
While not a city organization, the CDC is supported by Moline. This spring, the city sold the abandoned home on 26th Avenue to the CDC for $1 and loaned it $30,000 for rehab work that included new windows, doors, electrical system and water pipes. Other work included bathroom and kitchen renovations, ceiling fan installations and painting.
CDC president Bill Steinhauser said many of the building materials were "recycled" and donated, such as the marble floor tile in the bathroom and kitchen and kitchen cupboards that St. Ambrose University salvaged from homes it demolished.
CDC board members have been hands-on. Last Sunday, they spent about two hours planting ornamental grasses, hostas and day lilies brought from their yards.
More work is planned, said Pat Burke, Moline's economic development manager. Phase 2 of the rehab includes a new roof, siding, a water heater and a furnace. Construction will be funded with $25,000 from the city's Homebuyers Assistance Program.
Before that work starts, however, the CDC wants to find a buyer who qualifies for the city's Homebuyers Assistance Program. Mr. Burke said that includes people who make no more than 80 percent of the area median income: $41,600 for a family of two or $58,500 for a family of three.
"The work impacts not only the structure but the neighborhood as a whole," said city planner Jeff Anderson. When one house in a neighborhood gets improved, neighbors often "ride the tide" and undertake projects, too, he said.
"People get excited and they have confidence to invest in their own property when they see others doing the same," Mr. Anderson said.
The city's loan to the CDC will be repaid from the home's sale proceeds, and money left over will go into its housing program. Mr. Steinhauser said the CDC's goal is to rehab up to four homes a year.
"We are recycling a house and recycling the profit so we can continue to reinvest in Moline," he said. "Our focus is to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods and for those who may be economically challenged."
For more details on the home, contact Mr. Burke at (309) 523-2034 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The CDC also hopes to have it listed with Realtor Patty Casas later this week. She can be reached at (309) 230-0935.
Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.