MOLINE -- A new hotel and car rental facility should start this summer at the Quad City International Airport.
Tuesday, Dan Huber, president of Frontier Hospitality Group, told theMetropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County that construction on the new Holiday Inn Express just west of the entrance off Airport Road likely will start Aug. 1.
Mr. Huber said he expects the hotel design to be 90 percent complete by the end of the month and the bid package complete by June 14. He anticipates construction will take up to 10 months, with a targeted opening of May 1, 2014.
He said the project still needs FAA approval before construction can start and the land must be rezoned by the city of Moline.
Mr. Huber said the hotel will be custom designed with architectural elements reflective of the terminal.
Construction on a $7 million rental-car service facility could begin in June, assistant director of aviation Bryan Johnson said.
The airport board approved getting a $4.5 million loan from Blackhawk Bank & Trust to build the service facility, and approved a construction contract with Valley Construction Co. and tenant leases.
The airport has been saving money for years to build the facility on about sixacres of green space near the main terminal. It will be leased to Enterprise, Avis -Budget and Hertz to service, store and maintain rental vehicles, Mr. Johnson said.
According to the tenant leases, each company will pay the airport $40,618 in annual rent starting on the date of occupancy, through Dec. 31, 2025. The car rental companies will operate the facility and the airport will maintain the property.
Construction could take one year. Once it's complete, an existing service center on airport property will be demolished, Mr. Johnson said.
In other business:
-- the board approved an agreement with the city of Moline that allows the city to annex the Hampton Inn and site of the proposed Holiday Inn Express. In return, the city will provide the hotel and airport with infrastructure to support new and future development.
-- director of aviation Bruce Carter said the number of enplanements for April was 29,106, down 9.2 percent from April 2012.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.