By: Jillian Wilson
East Moline will soon welcome a Hyatt hotel, retail shops, a sports arena, and so much more.
The Mayor of East Moline says it's a game changer for the city.
"We don't get enough business on this side of the river, let alone new development, so I think it will be perfect for the Illinois side of the river and our economy as far as over here," says Angie Jennes, a Moline Resident.
The Fountainhead Project will use 130 acres of land along the mighty Mississippi on 12th avenue.
Land the city hasn't used in 10 years.
And folks we talked to who work downtown say business isn't booming.
"Currently, if you're getting business here in Downtown East Moline, you're bringing it. I mean you're not going to get much business from walking traffic," says Frank Hoffmaster, works in East Moline.
The project will create two thousand jobs; ranging from construction, to hospitality, to retail.
Not to mention it will be East Moline's very first hotel.
"We have John Deere Harvester which is right down the street, which receives 20,000 visitors a year coming from all over the country. Yet can't stay in our town to visit the John Deere Facility and this will change all that," says Mayor John Thodos, East Moline.
Organizers say this new project will bring in even more people with its band shell, fountains, and world renowned architecture.
And people in the community are excited for it.
"It's such a small little city feel, but to have some extra life and growth down there, I think would just be a really good thing."
City leaders expect the Hyatt hotel to be done in a year and half. All the other add–ons will be complete in 5 years.