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By Anthony Watt,
MOLINE — The work underway on the O'Rourke Building, soon to be The Q, involves adding new floors on the east side as well as the train station.
The project, also known as the Quad-Cities multi-modal passenger rail station and business development, is downtown just south of MetroLink's Centre Station. The design incorporates a 95-room Westin Element Hotel, retail space and the train station, meant for planned passenger service between the Quad-Cities and Chicago.
The city and MetroLink are working together on the passenger rail portion of the project. Moline Promenade Investors/Amin Group is handling the hotel.
"They're (Promenade) opening Aug. 1," Ray Forsythe, Moline's city planning and development director, said. "We'll have the interior of the train station done in May."
The O'Rourke has a central multistory structure with single-story additions on the east and west sides. The complex sits on a triangular lot bordered by 12th Street on the west, 15th Street to the east, train tracks to the north and 4th Avenue to the south. The tip of the triangle points east.
The multimodal station's layout will use and build on the existing structure. It will include:
— The western addition: Swimming pool, fitness center and area for dropping off passengers.
— The central building: Main lobby on the first floor and hotel rooms above.
— The eastern addition: Retail area that will include a restaurant and a coffee shop. The new floors will be for hotel rooms. A glass atrium will be added to the easternmost end as an open-use space.
— The empty lot on the eastern edge of the property: A park.
— The basement: This will be converted to an entertainment area, with a bowling alley and golf simulator planned.
— The north side, between the building and the train tracks: A patio and a covered train platform for the planned Amtrak service.
— Parking: Lots west of 12th Street and south of 4th Avenue.
Also downtown, the Chase Bank Building, 501 15th St., is being converted into apartments. The project is planned by Moline 501 LLC and Moline Chase LLC.
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