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Northside Lofts Planned for Aledo

The former Aledo Junior High School that will probably become the Northside Lofts
Economic Growth Corporation
The former Aledo Junior High School that will probably become the Northside Lofts

Plans are in the works to create more housing in Aledo. The city has partnered with Economic Growth Corporation (EGC), based in Rock Island, to re-develop the former Aledo Junior High School into 30 apartments.

Growth will hold a public meeting about the Northside Lofts project Tuesday night.

Charlotte Flickinger, Vice President of Development, says that a large focus of the construction is green design, including energy-saving features, and amenities such as a a basketball court, and a playground.

"There are a number of employers in Aledo that are very excited to have this building put into service because they have folks who want to live closer to work and we've spoken with them and the city provided us an extensive amount of data that showed us there was a need for this type of housing."

Flickinger says that the historical features of the former school will be preserved.

"The city of Aledo has designated a historic district in the last few years and this school was sitting vacant right smack dab at the north end of this district so they have been looking for a way to adaptively reuse it."

If the project is approved construction will begin around November and will hopefully be completed in the spring or summer of next year. It is expected to cost around $12 million.

The community meeting will begin at 5:30 pm Tuesday in the lower level of the VFW Hall on Southwest 3rd Avenue.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.