Developer Solicitation / Negotiation
Public-Private Partnership Facilitation
Transit Oriented Development
City of Moline, Rock Island County, Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK)
The challenge here was how best to use a triangular site located at the Northeast corner of 4th Avenue & 12th Street in Downtown Moline that included the historic O’Rourke Building, a former Sear’s warehouse, and was also constrained by the Mississippi River.
A collaborative public planning process that identified a community vision for the location and centered around how best to redevelop the former Sears warehouse and railroad depot blocks with limited horizontal space. The consensus was reached that public infrastructure improvements, like a new rail station with its respective services would have more impact potential than the historic structure. Additionally, the new rail station would act as a stabilizing anchor for a new Transit-Enhanced Buinsess District within the historic downtown.
The City is in the process of working with private developers to build a downtown hotel adjacent to a new Railroad Station along the west edge of downtown Moline.