MOLINE, Ill. - Moline city leaders hope to make their city a better place to live, work and visit. That's why they want to know what you think about some big projects.
Thursday night, residents were invited to the Stoney Creek Inn to view plans that could change the way you get around.
Barbara Sandberg has lived in Moline for years. She's also a member of the Moline Historical Society and says, while she still has some questions about what traffic will be like, she's excited about initial plans for making part of the downtown riverfront a park.
"With the flooding down there you don't want buildings in the way, so having it open and green space, I think that's an excellent idea," said Sandberg.
More than 50 people gathered to check out displays and hear presentations about what the future of the city might hold. A lot of that revolves around making the area easier to navigate.
"We really only get once chance to make sure that these new developments are integrated into the downtown and riverfront. So now's the time to figure that out and really do a world-class job," said Jeff Anderson, a Moline City Planner.
As some major developments like the I-74 project get underway, Moline leaders say they want to make sure the changes the city is going to be seeing are positive ones.
"We've heard that sometimes people, especially those who are new to the community, may be in downtown Moline and not know that the river is literally a block or two away. So that's something we definitely want to pay more attention to," said Anderson.
Other goals include helping the Floreciente neighborhood stand out and flourish, and making it easier to get from Western Illinois University's Quad Cities campus to other parts of the city.
"I think that's a good idea. We want people to be able to come safely from their neighborhoods down to the riverfront and we certainly looking more and more at how do we access our river?" said Sandberg.
Creating easier access and capitalizing on the downtown and nearby neighborhoods to make Moline a more vibrant city.
To give your input on what you'd like to see, contact Renew Moline by clicking here.
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