MOLINE — Aldermen will be asked tonight to consider amending the Enterprise Zone to assist Trimble Funeral and Cremations Centers with a relocation and expansion.
According to council documents, Trimble asked that the property at 701 12th St. be included in the boundary, which would make new development at the site eligible for Enterprise Zone benefits.
According to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, businesses that locate or expand in an Enterprise Zone can be eligible for exemption of sales taxes on building materials and an investment tax credit of .5 percent on qualified property.
Moline also waives building permit fees to companies in the Enterprise Zone, said Pat Burke, the city's economic development manager.
According to council documents, the state needs Trimble's current location for the new Interstate 74 bridge, so the company must relocate.
Trimble is proposing to build a new funeral home and cremation center on 12th Street, as well as CityView, a reception center.
Council documents say the project will retain 10 full- and part-time employees and create up to 25 new jobs.
The Enterprise Zone expansion would have to be approved by East Moline, Silvis, Milan and Rock Island County, which participate in an intergovernmental agreement that sets the Enterprise Zone boundaries. Mr. Burke said expansion of the zone also requires DCEO approval.
The Moline City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed zone expansion at 6:45 p.m. April 23. The city council likely will not formally vote on the expansion until mid-May.
Tonight's committee of the whole meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of city hall, 619 16th St. The city council meeting immediately follows.
Agendas are available at city hall or moline.il.us.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.