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 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.