Design of the Greater Downtown East Moline Revitalization Project launched in June 2023. The City of East Moline is working with a design team to develop proposed improvements and engage stakeholders and the public throughout the process.
Throughout 2023, the project team will gather information about the project area and develop preliminary designs for improvements such as streetscaping, sidewalks, roadway treatments, lighting, signage, and bike and pedestrian paths.
The City established an Advisory Committee to provide input on proposed improvements and designs throughout the duration of the project. This committee consists of community leaders from East Moline and the Quad Cities; representatives from various community organizations, agencies and transportation organizations; and residents and representatives from major businesses impacted by the project.
To assist in the development of a cohesive brand for the entire Greater Downtown area that enhances continuity, the project team brought small Focus Groups together in Summer 2023 to gain feedback on the overall character, experience, and brand identity desired for The Bend, The Rust Belt area, and Downtown (15th Avenue).
Advisory Committee meetings and Public Meetings will be held to seek feedback and assist in refining proposed improvements and designs. The project team aims to develop final designs for improvements by the end of 2024 and begin construction in 2025.
Below are descriptions of what will be presented at each meeting:
The Bend Streetscaping
An Advisory Committee meeting and a Public Meeting will be held in early 2024 to present and seek feedback on proposed improvements to existing infrastructure at The Bend, including streetscaping along existing roadways. This will also be an opportunity to view and provide feedback on overall branding concepts for the project area.
An Advisory Committee meeting and a Public Meeting will be held in Spring 2024 to present and seek feedback on proposed improvements to 15th Avenue.
The Rust Belt
An Advisory Committee meeting and a Public Meeting will be held in Summer 2024 to present and seek feedback on proposed improvements to the Rust Belt area, which will include improvements to 12th Avenue between 1st and 7th Streets and pedestrian improvements on 7th Street between 12th and 15th Avenues.
Bend Boulevard Extension
An Advisory Committee meeting and a Public Meeting will be held in Fall 2024 to present and seek feedback on an extension of Bend Boulevard to the east from Mississippi Parkway to 7th Street.