ROCK ISLAND — Aldermen on Monday night will be asked to approve a $1.1 million agreement with Gere Dismer Architects LLC to design a new 44,000-square-feet police station for the city.
A site between 5th and 7th avenues and 12th and 13th streets has been selected for the proposed police station and the city has paid $730,000 for the properties.
The entire project is expected to cost about $17.5 million, according to council documents, and will double the space available to the police department.
Gere Dismer, a Rock Island company, also worked on a planning study for the project.
The current police station at 316 16th St. is 70 years old, and city officials say the department has outgrown the building.
Gere Dismer will work with a design team on the project that includes KJWW Engineering and Missman Inc., two other Rock Island firms.
Also at tonight's city council meeting, aldermen will be asked to approve an agreement to donate property at 501-531 11th Street to the Illinois/Iowa Independent Living Center.
The independent living center is on part of a future Walmart site at 3708 11th St. and has agreed to a $975,000 relocation settlement with the city.
The relocation money will be used to build a 6,500-square-foot building on the land the city proposes to donate. The city bought the land in 2007 for $44,250 as part of a redevelopment plan for the area.
A number of properties at Watch Tower Plaza on 11th Street, including the independent living center, are being bought by the city and will be torn down to make way for a Walmart Supercenter.
The council meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. in the council chambers at Rock Island City Hall, 1528 3rd Ave., and is open to the public.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.