Moline might buy downtown building to 'remove blight'


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Posted Online: Feb. 17, 2014, 8:29 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
MOLINE -- The Moline City Council tonight is scheduled to consider buying a downtown building about a block from the Amtrak station.

According to council documents, aldermen will vote on buying 1221 5th Ave. for $115,000 from James Miller. According to council documents, the building has several code violations and structural issues. The purchase is an "effort to remove blight" and for future development.

The estimated market value of the 128-year-old building and land is $112,236, according to the Rock Island County assessor's website.

Planning and development director Ray Forsythe said the city is buying the site because it's available. The parking lot west of the building is owned by the city.

The owner of the property to the east of the building recently demolished a structure built there in 1885. According to the city, that building, at 1223-1227 5th Ave., also had code violations and was vacant and unsecured.

Mr. Forsythe said city staffers will meet with the Moline Historic Preservation Commission to talk about options for the building and site. He said the property behind the building is under consideration as the site for a new parking deck.

Starting in 2015, Amtrak service to Chicago will be offered from a multi-modal station at 12th Street and 4th Avenue.

In other business, the council will be asked to skip a second reading and vote tonight on a development agreement with SouthPark Mall owner Macerich Co.

The performance-based agreement calls for Macerich to redevelop the property, including remodeling the interior of the mall, demolishing the former Sears store and food court, and constructing a new entrance on John Deere Road.

The city has agreed to give Macerich a property tax rebate, which will happen only if the company completes the improvements and increases the mall's assessed value.

In other business, the council will vote on a one-year contract with National Cart Advertising LLC, to swap out 1,900 refuse cart lids with lids containing advertising. According to council documents, revenues are estimated at $3,400 a quarter, with all money going into the sanitation fund.

The committee of the whole meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of city hall, 619 16th St. The city council meeting immediately follows.

Agendas are available at city hall or online with attachments at moline.il.us.
























 



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  Today is Wednesday, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.






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