By: Crispin Havener
It's all about trying to preserve history to boost the local economy.
The Moline Historic Preservation Commission is working on a plan to make 15th Street to 19th Street along River Drive, a historic district.
Board members say by putting the area in the national historic registry, building owners would be able to get tax breaks for renovations. Members say 5th through 7th Avenue was made into an historic district and it's made a big difference for the downtown area.
"Since then they've brought in new business," says Barb Sandberg of Moline Historic Preservation Commission. "And we saw a whole lot of economic development so preservation and economic development work very well together."
The preservation commission is hoping to have a proposal ready to present to Moline City Council this spring.