MOLINE -- The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County voted Monday to pay Chicago-based development advisors SB Friedman up to $94,000 to help with land development.
Assistant director of aviation Bryan Johnson said the company will assist the airport with about 100 acres of land, which includes property along the Milan Beltway and the existing airport industrial park off Indian Bluff Road.
The airport paid SB Friedman $31,500 for a preliminary market analysis completed last summer that identified the best potential use of the Milan Beltway site as light industrial. The company also recommended further study be done before the airport proceeds with development.
According to airport authority documents, the further analysis and other work to be completed by SB Friedman includes: -- Industrial/modern business park feasibility study to include identification of light industrial products lacking in the market, industrial products in demand, ground rent analysis, a land plan for future retail and hospitality development near the Milan Beltway, and gauging developer interest in speculative industrial buildings. -- Development of, and issue an RFQ/RFP (request for qualifications and request for proposals). -- Review of developerqualifications and determine short list -- Review proposals andmake a developer recommendation -- Assist in negotiations with selected developer -- Once construction plans are developed in detail, monitor plan and economic term revisions
Mr. Johnson said the work by SB Friedman should take three to six months, and the company's focus will be on what can be accomplished on the property in the next three years.
He said the additional analysis by SB Friedman will identify specific opportunities that exist and help attract developers.
Mr. Johnson said he will work closely with SB Friedman throughout the RFQ/RFP process and when choosing a developer to recommend.
At one time, airport land along the Milan Beltway was proposed to become a nine-phase retail, hotel, office and light industrial development to be built by RDC Case Creek Trails LLC.
Early last year, the developer was terminated from the project by the airport and Moline -- all three of which were partners in the development agreement. According to Moline planning and development director Ray Forsythe, the city and airport continue to work together as partners in the future development.
The first report by SB Friedman cited an "unmet demand for new, high-quality, light industrial and flex space that could be provided at Case Creek Trails."
It further cited a need for speculative space, which is built by a developer or third party before a tenant is identified. The "spec" space is then available to be leased immediately by a tenant moving to the area or expanding.
Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2013. There are 221 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A military escort will be at the square at 9 a.m. tomorrow forthe funeral of Lieut. Joseph Eaton. The county judge is absent in Chicago, which willaccount for his not being in the procession. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island's City Council last night appropriated $95,000 forexpenses for the 1888 and 1889 fiscal year. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. F.W. Reimers last night was re-elected president of the RockIsland Musical Club at a meeting in the New Harper Hotel. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Seven members of Boy Scout Troop 21 got their Eagle badges lastnight. They were Ralph Hurt, Robert Nelson, Howard Schersten, Cecil Nelson, RobertFryxell, Clarence Stone and Rollin Hurt. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Mayor Morris Muhleman has resorted to a form letter in an effort toanswer objections to the wheel tax increase. "It was my hope that I could, in some way,restore the faith of the citizens in our city. In order to do this I knew I must face the factthat I would become very unpopular."All they are trying to do is protect the citizensproperty and build their town. 1988 -- 25 years ago: RICCA, the Rock Island County Council on Addictions, inconjunction with the Quad City Downs, will hold its annual "Night at the Races" June 2.The benefit "Night at the Races" will raise funds locally to assist in maintaining the twohalfway houses, New Hope Lodge (for women) and Beacon House (for men).