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, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.