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The new Element hotel, being built as part of The Q multi-modal station, is on track for an August opening, leaders with Renew Moline learned Tuesday.
"Now you can start to see the hotel addition," Ray Forsythe, the city's planning and development director, told members of Renew's Project Management Team, or PMT.
He said construction crews are expected to add a floor each week — which are arriving in modular pieces.
The Amin Group is redeveloping the former Sears warehouse, located at 1202 4th Ave., into a $35 million extended stay hotel. Russell Construction is building the 96-room hotel. Together, the hotel project and the adjacent passenger rail station are known as The Q.
The steel for the train station's two-story Grand Hall is expected to arrive next week, Forsythe said, adding "Then you'll really be able to see it's a new building."
Meanwhile, he said the Illinois Department of Transportation's rail division is in negotiations with the Iowa-Interstate Railroad for an agreement to build the high-speed rail track on the railroad's property. He estimated the negotiations will be done by June and track construction will begin once an agreement is in place.
When asked when train service would begin, he said the state is saying "they'll have service by next year. But it could be the end of next year."
Janet Mathis, Renew's CEO/president, said the hotel now is expected to be completed in August although a few model rooms will be completed by May when the PMT is planning another tour.
Under a federal grant for the train station, Forsythe said the public side of the project must be done in May.
In other downtown Moline updates, the PMT learned:
"It's really exciting to see all this progress in this tough economy," said Joe Rives, chairman of the PMT and vice president of Western Illinois University Quad-Cities. "It really sends a message that we are a community on the move."
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