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A new hotel is coming to the Quad Cities.

A Bettendorf commission gave its approval to rework the site of the current Homeridge suites at the intersection of I-74 and Middle Road.

Allowing the owner to turn one building into three.

By August the owner hopes to tear down the hotel and build a new five story Hilton Garden Inn a little further back from the road.

Allowing another developer to build two new shops here as well.

"We probably first started entertaining it about a year ago, we've on and off had conversations about the existing Homeridge Inn and Suites and building a new Hilton Garden Inn at that site," says Kinseth Hospitality Vice President Bruce Kinseth.

It took a five minute meeting for Kinseth to move one step closer to making the new hotel a reality.

"The building was first built in the late 60's early 70's, so it's kind of toward the ends of its useful life so we kind of felt without an elevator and some antiquated systems, we felt we could get more out of the site."

With a final deal with Hilton pending, Kinseth plans to close the current hotel and begin demolition by August. Clearing the way for the new hotel and two new buildings in front of it.

"Build retail whether it's restaurant, retail strip center, we're in the process now of finding the best use for those lots," says First Equity Managing Partner Steve Geifman.

He says the corner is one of the best in the Quad Cities. He can't say what his company would build yet, but he says they wouldn't participate in this deal if it wasn't a good one.

"Struck up a conversation and thought we could both help each other out, and their development will be something special for Bettendorf on that prominent corner," says Geifman.

Redeveloping a lot that's been the same for nearly 45 years.

"We're getting closer every day, we're working on this every week to make it real," says Kinseth.

The hotel will still need final city approval before demolition and construction can begin.

That's expected to come once Kinseth finalizes its terms with the Hilton Hotel chain.

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