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 Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."