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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