RenewMolineEnterpriseLoftsThe Skinner Block Lofts were completed in 2015, and have provided an exceptional, market-rate option for those wanting to live in the heart of downtown Moline.  The project was a collaborative effort from Townsend Engineering, Klosterman Construction, the City of Moline and Renew Moline.  Located in the Historic Block of Moline, the Skinner Block Lofts offer 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units.  A historic rehabilitaion of the former Skinner Building, the lofts bring modern elegance to this newly renovated building while maintaining its architectural integrity.  The Skinner Block Lofts are located walking distance from all of downtown Moline's numerous dining and entertainment options.

Read more: Skinner Block Lofts - 2014

Click to enlarge - RiverTech MasterplanThe Mills at Riverbend Commons is on a site steeped in the industrial and railroad history of our city, and offering unparalleled access to the best of downtown Moline.  The Mills is situated right next to the Mississippi River with spectacular views and features a walking and biking path.  Whether your lifestyle tends towards the fun and entertainment of the city life or the casual peace of scenic living, The Mills at Riverbend Commons is the perfect choice for you.

NOW OPEN:  Sriracha Thai Bistro & Oyster Bar  /  Happy Joe's PizzaGrille

Read more: The Mills at Riverbend Commons - 2014

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities continued to grow its presence and list of educational opportunities they provide with the completion of Phase II in 2014.  The $38 million, five interconnected buildings doubled the size of available facilities at WIU-Quad Cities.  This campus addition houses academic programs and services from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Services, and Fine Arts and Communication, and also includes the other programs and services from the former WIU-QC 60th Street campus, including the library, WQPT-Quad Cities public television and classes offered through the Quad Cities Graduate Study Center. 

Read more: WIU-Quad Cities Phase 2 - 2014

RenewMolineEnterpriseLoftsAnother development in partnership with Mark Roemer, the building directly across the street from the Phillips Lofts was converted into 28 market rate units.  The historic rehabilitation brought new life to the building and many original tenants were able to remain.  The Barrell House restaurant on the first floor is a Quad Cities favorite to catch the game or enjoy a burger at.

Read more: Berglund Flats - 2014

RenewMolineEnterpriseLoftsLocal developer Mark Roemer is doing his part to create more downtown housing opportunities as well.   In 2011, he purchased the former Phillips Mini Mart Building and completed this historic renovation into 18 market rate apartments with retail space on the first floor.  Barley & Rye, the farm-to-table restaurant located on the first floor, has been a hit for downtown diners looking for a bit more upscale, fresh dining.

Read more: Phillips Lofts - 2013

The KONE Centre provides unparalleled views of the adjacent Mississippi River as well as the Bass Street Landing Plaza.  Completed in 2012, this $40 million mixed-use development provides a new Moline home to the U.S. Operations Center of KONE, Inc., a Finnish-based elevator and escalator manufacturer, and will bring retail and office tenants as well as condominium owners to Moline's riverfront.  The tower is supported by a multi-story parking structure which also provides public restrooms and concessions next to Bass Street Plaza.

Read more: KONE Centre - 2012

RenewMolineEnterpriseLoftsMoline Enterprise Live-Work Lofts also opened fully rented in 2012.  This 69-unit, Section 42 project, is a $12 million investment by Gorman, Inc. from Madison, Wisconsin, in partnership with Illinois Housing Development Authority and Renew Moline.  This project is a true mixed income property with many amenities for residents including a fitness center, community room, theater, business center and technology lounge.  The Live-Work concept means that building tenants have the ability to not only walk to nearby work opportunities in Moline’s downtown but may also create work environments in their homes by utilizing first floor apartments’ egress to the street.  A convenience store in the first floor retail space provides groceries and sundries to the downtown marketplace.

Read more: Moline Enterprise Lofts - 2012

Western Illinois University has had a presence in the Quad Cities for more than 100 years.  In 2002, the Illinois Q-C Chamber of Commerce, with support from the education and business sectors, initiated a community-wide needs assessment of higher education.  The assessment concluded that the Quad Cities needed to expand access to higher education to meet education demands of up to 5,000 students while stimulating economic development.

Read more: WIU-Quad Cities Phase 1 - 2011

Click to enlarge - RiverTech MasterplanLocated on the former site of the home of industrialist John Deere this Beaux-Arts style Post Office building was built in 1910 at a cost of $157,000. It served the public until 1935 when postal services moved to a new building at 17th Street and 6th Avenue.  Willis of Illinois, Inc. purchased the building in 2009. The company used the postal entry lobby as a welcoming reception area for their insurance business. It is currently the offices of USI Insurance Services LLC.

Read more: Willis HRH - 2009

Click to enlarge - Stoney Creek Inn from Bass Street LandingStoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, a 140 room Northwoods inspired four-story hotel in downtown Moline, opened its doors to the public in 2005.  The hotel is a $12 million structure located just two blocks from the John Deere Commons and was part of Phase II of the Bass Street Landing project.  The property is actually the 10th Stoney Creek to be built.

Read more: Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center - 2007

Click to enlarge - John Deere PavilionRiverStation, a mixed-use riverfront development featuring retail, restaurant and office space, along with a new public plaza, known as The Plaza at Bass Street Landing.  RiverStation’s first floor is home to Bass Street Chop House, a prime steakhouse featuring the finest cuts of prime and choice dry aged cuts of meat; Baker’s Street, a premium cigars, tobacco, coffee, and gift shop; Goebel Family Dentistry and Pub 1848.  Other commercial residents on the remaining floors include financial planning, and the regional economic development organizations – the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and Quad Cities Convention & Visitor's Bureau.

project_history_resultsBass Street Chop House

project_history_resultsGoebel Family Dentistry

project_history_resultsPub 1848

project_history_resultsQuad-Cities Convention & Visitor's Bureau

project_history_resultsQuad-Cities Chamber of Commerce


Read more: RiverStation - 2005

Click to enlarge - John Deere PavilionAs an integral component of Moline’s Riverfront Civic Renewal Project, the John Deere Commons has invited citizens and tourist to its downtown locale.  The area is a combination of office space, shopping, entertainment, and restaurants, and the name is the term that identifies them as a whole.   The John Deere Pavilion is the centrepiece of this area as it brings in those looking to catch a glimpse of the famous green and yellow machines.

project_history_resultsJohn Deere Pavilion

project_history_resultsUnited HealthCare Office

project_history_resultsJohn Deere Store

project_history_resultsJohnny's Italian Steakhouse

Read more: John Deere Commons - 2002

RenewMolineEnterpriseLoftsWhen the American Red Cross was looking for a new regional hub in the Quad Cities, Renew Moline answered the call.  The new head quarters for Central Illinois, the QC Red Cross serves many area branches.

Read more: American Red Cross QC - 2001

RenewMolineEnterpriseLoftsRenew Moline played a vital role in the redevelopment and relocation of Watermark Corners.  The building was incredibly dated and needed extensive renovation.  Restoration on three of the buildings owned by the Trimble family was assisted by architect Fred Ebeling and included the opening of interior walls between the buildings for their Watermark Corners. 

From Watermark CornersOur search for the perfect location brought us to the John Deere Commons, with the newly opened MARK of the Quad Cities (now the i wireless Center), the John Deere Pavilion and the Radisson on John Deere Commons. The energy of the development in this area immediately captured our attention, and before long, we purchased the buildings on the corner of River Drive and 15th Street.
The buildings were not ready to be occupied, however. They had been unoccupied and abandoned for years, and it took a full year of extensive renovation before we could open WaterMark.
WaterMark Corners officially opened on September 15, 1999, and it’s been a whirlwind of fun ever since!


Read more: Watermark Corners - 2001

RenewMolineEnterpriseLoftsDesigned by local architect H. W. Whitsitt, Deere & Company built the Prairie Style Caxton Block in 1908 and leased the building to Desaulniers & Company printers.  After the firm closed in 1995, the building sat empty and deteriorating for several years and was a candidate for demolition. Then it was purchased by Kaizen Company of America in 2000 which renovated it for anchor tenant and Renew Moline Members, Shive-Hattery Architecture & Engineering Company.  The building also housed the WIU-Quad Cities Engineering Program until the development of the new campus years later.

Read more: Caxton Block - 2000

Click to enlarge - Bass Street LandingMore than $85 million in public and private dollars have been invested to redevelop the former industrial area known Bass Street Landing at the base of 17th Street along Moline’s riverfront.  The three project phases took almost a decade to complete and now provide Moline visitors with locations to stay, eat and be entertained as well as supporting the business community with a new U.S. Operations Center for KONE, Inc. and location for the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce among others.

Read more: Bass Street Landing - 2000

RenewMolineEnterpriseLoftsThis brick four story post and beam constructed building was built in 1900 as a warehouse for Moline Plow Company.  t later became a part of Moline Consumers Sand and Gravel Company which vacated the building in the 1980’s leaving the windows boarded up which helped to keep this sizeable building from deteriorating.  Renew Moline helped facilitate Mike Whalen's purchased the building in 1997, with plans to convert it into headquarters for his growing Heart of America Restaurants and Inns Corporation.  Today, local favorites Isabel Bloom occup a large retail space on the first floors.  Other tenants include:


Read more: Heart of America Building - 1999

RenewMolineMetroLINKCentreStationCompleted in April of 1998, Centre Station is the final major component in the John Deere Commons development. It is a twelve-bay, 12,000 square foot terminal and bus staging hub for local transportation needs, including MetroLINK’s metropolitan bus service and Channel Cat Water Taxi.

Read more: Metro Transit Facility (Centre Station) - 1998

Click to enlarge - RiverTech MasterplanRadisson Hotel on John Deere Commons-Moline provides the best views of downtown, from the popular John Deere Pavilion on its one side to the Mississippi River on its other. Wake up to a complimentary, hot breakfast, and go for a morning run along the river walk. When your stay ends, our complimentary shuttle can take you to Quad City International Airport (MLI), just six miles south of the hotel.

BOOK A ROOM:  Radisson at John Deere Commons!

Read more: Radisson / TGI Fridays - 1997

Click to enlarge - RiverTech MasterplanThe Heritage Building was one of Renew Moline's earliest developments.  Originally developed to provide support to the budding downtown, the Heritage Building provided retail and office space to support the growth.  Today, the Heritage Building is home to a wide variety of tenants including:

Read more: Heritage Place - 1992

Project Successes

Renew Moline's successful collaboration with local, state and federal government agencies has resulted in a nearly $400 million investment in renovation and newly built properties in Moline's downtown, riverfront area.  And more is planned!

These investments have created jobs and returned energy to the old downtown. Over 2,000 people now work full time in downtown and nearly 600 fill part-time roles. Approximately half of these jobs have been created by the redevelopment that has taken place so far.  And more than 2,000 construction jobs have resulted from the projects now in place.

Comparison: Old Moline and New Moline