by: Tallie Johnson
UPDATE: The measure to give land to Arc was rejected Monday Night over concerns raised by residents. Arc officials tell CBS4 they will work with the city to find a new location.
The city is considering donating to the non-profit Arc.
But some residents tell us they are concerned about the non-profit building housing at this location.
"If you don't have that historic aspect of keep the integrity of it, you may discourage future home owners of putting as much money into it," said Audrey Brown, Rock Island resident.
The Broadway Historic District Association is concerned, since across the street from the vacant lot is an already existing 12 bedroom mental health care facility called Transitions.
"We fully support the arch's mission and it's services. We just think two residential facilities in a residential neighborhood across the street from one another is too much of a concentration in one area," said Barb Braun, President of the Broadway Historic District Association.
They also are worried about the non-profit not paying taxes.
"We think a better solution will be to build a home where we can have tax revenue going back into the city," said Braun.
But city officials say the Arc could actually enhance the community.
"I think that non-profits they do a lot for the community they bring a sense of community where service is valued, and that is something I look highly upon," said Ivory Deaon Clark, First Ward Alderman-Rock Island.
"Arc has several group homes in Rock Island right now, and we have no issues and no problems with any of them. So we said ok those would be good properties to donate,"said Mayor of Rock Island, Dennis Pauley.
However officials want to address residents' concerns.
"I understand there are some people that are objecting to at least one of them so we will listen to the object and see which way we want to go," said Pauley.