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Moline earns recognition for Washington Square rehab


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Posted Online: Sept. 04, 2013, 10:27 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
MOLINE -- The city of Moline earned statewide recognition for its rehab of Washington Square Apartments.

Moline will receive a 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Award for Rehabilitation from Landmarks Illinois,a statewide group that advocates for the protection of historic properties, during an awards ceremony Oct. 26 in Chicago.

According to the award letter sent to Moline, Landmarks "honors innovative preservation projects, dedicated organizations, and uplifting success stories from across the state."

The city undertook analmost $2 million renovation to save Washington Square, a 137-year-old Italianate row house at 316 17th St.

The three-story row house was built by Charles Deere in 1876 for company executives. Over time, the property changed hands until it was divided into 15 apartments. According to the city, the building was vacant for almost 10 years before Moline bought it in November 2008 with hopes of finding a developer to rehab the space.

In September 2010, the city announced it would take on the project itself. A federal grant was used to renovate the building into five first-floor one-bedroom apartments and five two-story two-bedroom apartments on the second and third floors.

Washington Square is one of nine preservation projects from across the state that will be recognized by Landmarks.Other projects to be honored for rehabilitation include Randolph Tower, Chicago; Wildey Theatre, Edwardsville; and Harper Theater, Chicago.























 



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