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Millions Approved to Enhance Downtown Rock Island

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City of Rock Island and Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
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a drawing of what the Great River Plaza could look like when the project is done.

Rock Island wants to spruce up its downtown historic district. Monday night, the city council approved spending four million dollars, as part of a 7 million dollar project, with the rest of the money coming from the state.

Downtown Rock Island Director Jack Cullen says the main focus would be re-construction of the Great River Plaza, improving Arts Alley, and developing a "gateway" between the downtown business district and Schwiebert Riverfront Park.

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City of Rock Island and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
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a possible future "look" for Arts Alley

"All of these things were called out in the downtown Rock Island re-vitalization plan, and specifically by members of the public."

In addition to government money, there will also be some private investment.

"For example, Illinois Casualty Company is wanting to donate land as well as 100,000 dollars toward the development of a state-of-the-art dog park for downtown Rock Island, on land that they own."

Rock Island's money would come from the downtown tax increment financing district and its federal rescue plan funding.

Cullen says the city has applied for state grants totaling 3 million dollars - from the tourism attraction grant program, and from money set aside for re-building downtowns.