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, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2013. There are 19 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Two boys who haul coal from Coal Valley to Davenport were arrested yesterday for running their teams through the city street at a furious rate. 1888 -- 125 years ago: E.H. Barker dislocated his left wrist and suffered a compound fracture of the right wrist when he fell from the roof of his icehouse. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Lou Harris was elected county superintendent of schools to fill the unexpired term of the late S.J. Ferguson. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a state must give equality in educational privileges to white and Negro law students. 1963 -- 50 years ago: About 300 employees of the Augustana Book Concern, staff members of the Board of Publication of the Lutheran Church in America, as well as friends of the community and out-of-town guests honored Dr. Birger Swenson at the annual Christmas dinner of the Augustana Book Concern last night in Westerlin Hall on the Augustana College campus. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Christmas shopping season began early this year and continues to bring out shoppers in record numbers, according to Quad-Cities retailers interviewed today.