Moline, Illinois’ biggest goal for 2016

February 2, 2016

By Anthony Watt, Dispatch-Argus

MOLINE — City officials plan to move a lot of earth this year to complete or advance large-scale development projects.Website Insert New Passenger Train Service copy

Moline Mayor Scott Raes and other city officials on Monday gave the annual State of the City address at the iWireless Center. Among the listed highlights were the many projects that will be the focus of the city’s development efforts this year.

“It’s keeping these big projects going forward,” Mayor Raes said of Moline’s big goal this year.

Particular attention was paid to “The Q” — the Quad Cities Multi-Modal passenger rail station and business development — planned to be built between 12th and 15th streets from 4th Avenue to the railroad tracks. Plans for the facility, expected to be finished by December, include a 95-room Westin Element Hotel, said city administrator Lew Steinbrecher.

But he said city officials are unsure when the proposed passenger rail service to Chicago will begin. Illinois has suspended work on the tracks, Mr.Steinbrecher said. City officials are expecting a revised project schedule from the state in the next few months.

“We’re pretty confident the rail will happen,” Mayor Raes said.

Even if there are problems with the rail service, Mayor Raes said the hotel developer has expressed confidence in operating that element of the project successfully.

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