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Moline May Grow South of the Airport

land for possible growth by the city of Moline
City of Moline
land for possible growth by the city of Moline

With very little land available for development within the city, Moline is now looking at land south of the airport for its future growth. Last week, aldermen reviewed the city's recent strategic plans, and how they might encourage new homes and businesses.

Ryan Hvitlok, Director of Community and Economic Development, says the city must grow so it can continue to provide essential services to its residents.

"We want to insure that this is smart growth, growth that is sustainable, both environmentally but also economically. So that we're not just going to grow for growth's sake. We want to insure that where we do grow it's a methodical and well thought-out process."

The area for possible future growth covers about 6,000 acres, and stretches south from the Quad Cities International Airport to about 120th Avenue.

Hvitlock says the next step is to revise the city's most recent development plan that was completed in 2013.

"One of things that really stood out to me when I reviewed it was very heavy in "office" for future land use. And I think we all understand that the office environment has definitely changed, post COVID."

Next steps also include talking with Moline residents, the school district, and major employers, to find out what they need and how growth might help them.

Hvitlock says the city can't compete with the explosive growth now going on in Texas, but if Moline has a good plan, developers will find the city.

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.