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, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.