Moline moves to help airport-related development


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Posted Online: Sept. 03, 2013, 8:43 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
MOLINE -- Aldermen took a step Tuesday night to assist development at, and south of, the Quad City International Airport.

Aldermen voted to execute a $495,951 contract with Valley Construction Co. to install a sanitary sewer pump station at 64th Street.City engineer Scott Hinton said the pump station is the first step in extending utilities around the west and south side of the airport to serve the Holiday Inn Express, airport industrial park and future development.

Before Tuesday's meeting, Mr. Hinton said the long-term goal of the city and the airport is to eliminate sanitary sewer lines and water mains that run through the middle of the airfield.

"The utilities will better serve the airport and spur future city development south of the airport," he said.

Moline owns more than 200 acres of farmland south of the airport and Indian Bluff Road that it wants developed for home sites.

Valley's bid was the lowest received and was under budget. Mr. Hinton said all of the bids were competitive and the contractors were allowed to bid the job as winter work.

He also said more utility improvements are planned, but not yet scheduled.

In other business, the council voted to apply to the Plan Commission to rezone 15 acres of city-owned property on River Drive, west of the WIU Riverfront Campus.The land must be rezoned to allow Three Corners Development to build a mixed-use development, with the first phase proposed to include student housing.

Planning and development director Ray Forsythe said that when the city assembled the property, it was rezoned for office, research and technology use. Rezoning it now to B-2 will allow for commercial, retail and residential uses, he said.

The city must pay a $660 application fee for the rezoning. Mr. Forsythe said there is no mechanism in city code to waive fees, so the city will pay the fee from contingency funds.

Ald. Stephanie Acri, At-Large, asked about the motivation to rezone the property now. Mr. Forsythe said rezoning is about a three-month process and the city wants to be ready if Three Corners wants to start construction this fall.

Three Corners has proposed a project for the site, with the company and city officials now negotiating a development agreement.

The council also approved using $2,819 in contingency funds to pay building permit fees for a 3,200-square-foot addition to the theater in Prospect Park used by Quad Cities Music Guild.

The city owns the theater and the Music Guild maintains the building at 1583 34th Ave. The nonprofit will pay for the two-story addition, which will be used to store costumes and set construction, Mr. Forsythe said.


















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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