The Skinner Block

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MOLINE, Ill. (KWQC) — Moline’s Skinner Block is one of the city’s oldest buildings, dating back to the 1880’s. Developer Chris Townsend saw lots of potential in the building. He purchased the property in 2011 and turned it into twelve upscale apartments.

The one point five million dollar renovation involved reframing a third of the building. Much of the original brick remains intact. A new elevator was also installed.

There are business tenants on the street level. The newest is The Shameless Chocoholic. Owner Rebecca Burns agreed to a five year lease. She opened the business a few months ago. Rebecca likes the location and feels like retail business is on the upswing in this part of the city.

Porter Skinner was one of Moline’s earliest mayors. He hired John Deere’s son in law to design the property.

Chris Townsend says the building is in an enterprise So, he did not have to pay taxes on any of the materials he bought to do the renovation.

Preserving history and boosting business in Moline. A Skinner Block success story.