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Another Business Set To Move For Watch Tower Plaza Project

      Another step is taken toward building a new Wal-mart store in Rock Island. City officials have confirmed Hill and Valley bakery is moving from the Watch Tower Plaza. It's the last business left in the area where the Wal-mart will be built along eleventh street. The move isn't immediate though. The bakery will stay open until their future location is finished at the Quad Cities Industrial Center. 

     The city has been working over the last year to help businesses there find new homes and all but one is staying in Rock Island.

     Jeff Eder, Rock Island Assistant City Manager and Director of Community and Economic Development says the first goal is to get the tenants moved.

     With the exception of Hill and Valley, all of the tenants should be out of the Watch Tower plaza sometime in spring.

      "Illinois Iowa Center for Independent Living new building, Dollar General in a new building, State Farm in new building, Black Hawk College in a new building, other moving into renovated spaces," said Eder.

     Once that happens demolition can begin on most of the building to start making way for Wal-mart. While there's plenty of excitement for the city's first super-store, Eder says keeping the majority of the current businesses within Rock Island is a big deal, especially with most relocating on 11th Street.

     "It's been great for that whole corridor and I think that in itself will lead to new development."

     He adds that there has already been a number of companies outside of the corridor looking at the area. There will be space just down the road for others to join Black Hawk College and State Farm which could move into their new spaces after the first of the year. Along with Missman Engineering which has its foundation in. 

     With Hill and Valley moving into the QCIC before the end of next December, there's hope that will spur others to utilize that space because there's plenty to go around.

     "You've got McGlaughlin over there now. You'll have Hill and Valley, a portion of the three story building still available coming out towards the South then a building pad that cam accommodate a 100,000 square foot building," added Eder.

     City officials also say they're working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to redesign the intersection near the new Black Hawk commons area. As for the new Wal-mart at Watch Tower Plaza, the timeline when it will be finished isn't quite worked out yet.
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