Moline City Council approved a development agreement with Dolan Commons for a project on Avenue of the Cities.
"It's a redevelopment of the former Aldi space into a multi-tennant building, new construction on the corner of 27th and Avenue of the Cities of a multi-tennant building with a drive-thru so most likely a coffee shop or a restaurant will go in there, and 40,000 square feet of new residential so a multi story building that will have apartments in it." said Planning and Development Director Ray Forsythe
Supporters say the $11.4 million dollar project will not only be good for the city, but hopefully pull more businesses to the area.
"It will be a great opportunity, you know, new jobs economic development in the form of new property taxes, new sales taxes, new utility taxes, opportunities not only for the residents to shop, but like you said for entrepreneurs to be able to open up business of their own," said Forsythe.
Selective Seconds moved it's store to Avenue of the Cities two years ago. Owners are ecstatic about the development, not only for business traffic but for the avenue as a whole.
"It's great, i think it will definitely benefit my business. I think it will benefit all of us especially the avenue. Over the years we've been struggling with some major construction that put a few businesses out of business, i think it will be great for the avenue, we definitely need something," said Selective Seconds owner Lisa Broer.
The negotiations are two years in the making and city officials say the developers are ready to start construction as soon as loose ends are tied up.
"We're just excited to see new development coming to Moline, you know a lot of attention has been focused on John Deere Road and downtown, but this is a great project right in the middle of Moline and can benefit all the residents," said Forsythe.
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