Manor Homes Update

November  14, 2013

     The long effort to replace some old public housing in Rock Island with new, single family homes, has reached an important milestone. The last residents of Manor Homes moved out earlier this month, and demolition will begin soon.

     Spokeswoman, Gail Brooks, says the Rock Island Housing Authority announced plans early last year (2012) to tear down the 60 year old Manor Homes, and began re-locating its 102 families last spring. And since then, 23 families have bought homes, and 49 no longer receive any government help at all.

     "So they've improved their quality of life and their income and job training situation to the point where they're no longer receiving any kind of subsidies. So the system of providing opportunities for people to get back on their feet and get back within the community and improve their quality of life for themeselves and their children absolutely works."

     Following demolition, the complex will be replaced with a new subdivision of single-family homes and duplexes, to be called Lynden Lane. The 12 million dollar project will take about two years to complete.

     Brooks says this week, Habitat for Humanity took out all the stoves and refrigerators, and once they're re-furbished, they'll be sold at the Restore in Davenport. Also this week, the Rock Island police department's Emergnecy Response Team is using the the vacant buildings for training.