Time comes to look at Avenue of the Cities

Moline is looking at a study of the corridor

Moline, Illinois - It's the east-west corridor that cuts through the hearts of Moline and East Moline and into Silvis.

Avenue of the Cities is known as a place for work, commerce, school and home.

Now, the city of Moline is looking at what it can do for its part of the busy thoroughfare.

Officials are planning a study along the road. 

The city said right now is a good time as they see new development takes shape and opening along the Avenue. 

"The market has interest in the corridor, and where there's interest, there's opportunities, so what we'd really like to do is leverage or exploit that market interest in the avenue and see what we can do as a community to drive that even further," said Moline City Planner Jeff Anderson.

Part of that includes Extreme Clean Car Wash.

They're expecting a busy weekend not just because of people looking to wash salt and grime off their cars.

It's part of their grand opening, with their first day of business February 8.

Extreme Clean Car Wash Co-Owner Daniel Gunsteen said, "We choose this street here because we feel that this was definitely needed here on Avenue of the Cities."

The owners behind Extreme Clean Car Wash said this sixth location and first in the Quad Cities has been a long time coming.

Co-owner Keith Knockeart said, "I'm very excited, we've been working on this for about two years now, and we're finally opening."

Like any business opening a new home, the owners said they want to make this weekend (February 8-12) special by welcoming customers with a free wash.
But seeing clean cars isn't the only goal of opening this site.

Co-Owner Judd Huff said, "We signed the deal here back in late June, demolition of the old property and really think we cleaned and renovated this piece of property up quite well, it was kind of an eyesore."

After years of work in the downtown and along John Deere Road, Moline is putting a stronger focus on what it can do to improve the Avenue.

"The Avenue of the Cities has long been kind of a central arterial commercial corridor for the community and through it deserved another look," Anderson said.

While that look is in the early stages, the project is part of $80,000 grant from Illinois DOT with a $20,000 match from the city.
Jeff Anderson says within the next month or two they hope to have a consultant hired to look at improvements for the future.

Anderson  said, "See what we can do to tweak it both on the transportation side and the economic development side." 

And for a car wash business, both are factors needed to thrive.

Gunsteen said, "It means a lot to us to come to Moline. It's a great city, we're glad to be here at this point in time, and we look to expand within this area."

Anderson said they hope to have the study completed by the end of the year.

The city is also partnering with MetroLink because it's one of the bus service's busiest routes.


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