Mills at Riverbend Commons

April  23, 2014

      Even though construction is well underway, a groundbreaking was held today in Moline for the Mills at Riverbend Commons. Next to the new riverfront campus of Western Illinois University, the 22 million dollar project will feature offices and retail on the first floor, and 90 apartments for students on the upper floors.

      Christopher Woods is president of 3 Corners Development from Orland Park which is the developer of the project. He says usually a building like this is owned or affiliated with a college, but the Mills at Riverbend Commons is privately-owned, and not affiliated with W-I-U.

      "The intent of the site is to create a 15 1/2 acre living-learning community that is inter-woven with Moline and the Quad Cities as a whole. And we thought the the best way to achieve that was to create a kind of ecumenical community experience for everybody attending a college or university in the Quad Cities."

      It will be managed by a Madison-based company, B-M-O-C Incorporated, which manages student housing across the country. President Bill Levy says it's designed for today's college students who want single rooms.

      "And then we develop common areas throughout the property for interaction so that it doesn't lead a property to become a party palace, more of the academic experience and we do programming. We do a complete residence life program with R.A.'s and we work with the colleges that we work with."

      The 90 apartments will have room for 240 students.  The Mills at Riverbend Commons should be completed by late summer, in time for students to move in for the fall term.