PROJECT HISTORY

Completed 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.

The main floor retail commons/lobby includes a community meeting room and banquet facility with sound and projection equipment.  The Centre Station gift shop adorns the main floor selling travel amenities and acts as the advance ticket sales and information depot for MetroLINK customers.

Centre Station is also home to the 911 emergency dispatching center.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION

The showpiece for the Centre Station project is the corner clock tower that overlooks River Drive.  The stone and brick site is a 350 space parking facility that connects to the i wireless Center via a glass and steel crosswalk.  This crosswalk was an addition to the facility after completion and patrons to return to their cars after i wireless Center events.

What makes the facility unique is that of which it utilizes space.  The Mid-Coast Fine Arts Gallery is fully enclosed inside Centre Station’s lobby area.  An estimated 300,000 viewers see the displayed pieces yearly.  The gallery features two artists for two months at one time.  The works are sale while on exhibit.  Check them out here.

Centre Station was strategically placed on River Drive and 4th Avenue for a reason.  MetroLINK sponsored the Quad Cities “Smart Growth” Project to address the future transportation needs of the Quad Cities region.  The thought was that early planning would increase the chances for Moline to invest in and implement a balanced set of redevelopment policies.  The hope for the project is to make Centre Stations a passenger rail hub with connections to other area communities.

 

 

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Centre Station Today

 

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