Five proposals on the table to save the historic Rock Island County Courthouse

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New hope for Rock Island County Courthouse

It might not be the end of the historic Rock Island County Courthouse after all.

This week, a Florida-based company pitched a plan to save the more than 100-year-old building from the wrecking ball.

McCarty Technologies Inc. became the fifth organization to file a proposal to re-purpose and remodel the building.

They plan to turn the building into office space, retail and restaurant and apartments.

In the proposal, MTI said they would turn the third floor into a local office for 50 to 100 employees.

Local Four News spoke with County Board Member Rich Morthland who is in favor of saving the said there is still time to change the demo approval and find an alternative. 

“Somebody who’s willing to invest his own money, this isn’t the taxpayers, this isn’t going to cost the taxpayers something. This is going to benefit the taxpayers. Why on earth wouldn’t we reach to grab offers like this? Why wouldn’t we take the opportunity to improve the situation?” said Morthland.

Morthland is calling for a Blue Ribbon Commission to evaluate and select one of the proposals.

Even though the demolition was scheduled to be complete by the end of the year, Morthland said the process is facing delays. 

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