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It's more than 70 years old and half the size it needs to be. The Rock Island Police Station has served beyond its capacity.

The City Council decided in July to build a replacement.

It made that decision after a space needs study showed the police department needs to build new.

The City has been buying property and hiring construction managers, and is now one week away from seeing design plans.

It selected acreage between 12th and 13th streets and Fifth and Seventh avenues.

That location is just West of downtown.

The city has spent $730,000 buying out the property owners there.

Now, in a series of votes Monday, the council cleared the way for some designs to come to the table.

Council members approved spending another $12,500 dollars on a more in-depth environmental study.

The first tests found some contamination in the ground and the ground water.

The area is a mix of older industrial and residential construction, and the test found some gas and oil products in the ground.

The contamination will have to be dealt with to keep the construction crews safe.

The results of the study will finalize how much work the city will have to do to prepare the site.

$69,000 will be spent to tear down three commercial properties and one house in the area.

That will leave one existing storage building for the police department to keep.

The city also approved hiring a construction manager to oversee the project for $1.7 million.

The more detailed environmental study will be the key.

It's needed to figure out how much of the area is contaminated.

That will determine how quickly construction can begin.

A fix could be as simple as putting fresh dirt on the ground, which the City plans to do to raise the level of the site.

The City will see designs for the new station at its next council meeting.

The pre-work is being paid with gaming revenues.

The City will borrow money to fund construction of the building, a $17.5 million project.