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UPDATED: Rock Island Breaking Ground For 11th St. Development


UPDATE: Ground breaking was held in Rock Island Friday morning, March 8, 2013 for the 11th Street Development Project.

Two businesses have been confirmed for the $9 million redevelopment of the former trailer court site, located on the west side of 11th Street at the intersection of Black Hawk Road.

Black Hawk College and Christine Elsberg State Farm Insurance have both announced plans to move into the new development.

And just announced today, Missman, Inc. will also move to this location.

Missman, Inc. will move from its current location at 1011 27th Avenue, Rock Island to the development site.

According to the City of Rock Island, "Missman is a multi-disciplined professional services firm providing civil and structural engineering, surveying, and environmental consulting services to clients in the commercial, institutional, government, and transportation markets throughout the Midwest."

"The company employs approximately 70 people and has hired 8 new employees in the last two years, with plans for expansion in the future."

The development will include four or more additional office or retail buildings, yet to be determined.

The project is set to make way for a new Walmart Supercenter, which is expected to start construction in mid-to-late 2013.

ORIGINAL: Rock Island city leaders will break ground for a new Walmart, Friday morning, March 8, 2013. 

Officials say there will also be a big announcement from a business planning to move into the area, not directly related to Walmart.

This is just one step in rebuilding Rock Island, one block at a time.

City leaders want to revamp the look, feel and lifestyle of this portion of the city.

The area being redeveloped is between 9th and 11th Streets.

Some of the land housed a trailer park and now the city is helping to give it a new look.

There are also 17 businesses that will need to relocate to make way for the new Walmart and surrounding developments.

Officials say the Walmart development itself will bring in $1.4 million per year in sales tax, $330,000 per year in property tax and about 400 jobs.

That's not including all of the other businesses that plan to move to the area.

The development also includes the move of Black Hawk College Adult Learning Center and Chris Elsberg's State Farm Insurance form their current locations on 11th Street, in order to make way for the new Walmart.

"What this development does is it enables two of the businesses in the Walmart building to move out into new buildings, Chris Elsberg's Insurance and Black Hawk College, that would move out of that building. There's 17 businesses in the Walmart area. We're in the process with all of those to move them to other areas." says Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley.

In December, the city voted to move forward with the Walmart project. They received $4.5 million, which went into the general fund.

The groundbreaking is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday, near the former trailer park site. City and businesses leaders will be there.

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