For years, a vacant lot near the north side of Moline sat
empty. But now the city is considering developing the land.
Tonight city council leaders will decide if they should work
with a construction company to develop the area known as Hawk Hollow.
"We will be hoping to get approved for the city to be the
developer and bring a good solution for potentially senior housing for the Hawk Hollow area," said Angela Bagby with Russell Construction.
The City of Moline owns 16 acres at the southwest corner of
5th avenue and 6th street. The area has been vacant since 2010 when the old
nursing dormitories were torn down.
"This is probably the best site available in the city of
Moline for new residential development. This is an excellent site that affords excellent views," said Moline City Administrator Lewis Steinbrecher.
The city wants to construct upscale senior housing.
"We are talking about 148 residential units that would be
specifically geared for senior citizens, and most of those units would be for
active seniors who would be living in independent units," said Steinbrecher.
But, some residents don't want to see any new buildings on
"It was really nice to move here and see some nature so I
hope they don't put anything here that will be too busy," said Moline resident Katie Blummer.
"Developing it would just eliminate that beauty," said Moline resident Joshua Cossin.
Still the city says the project is a needed addition
"This property will be paying higher than average property
taxes and will provide the types of housing we need to meet the growing demand
of people over 55," said Steinbrecher.
If the city approves the
plan to work exclusively with Russell Construction, the city administrators tells
us they hope to begin building on the land before next winter.
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