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Buyer for QC Landmark

Herb Trix

A multi-site, multi-state church in the Quad Cities is expanding. Thursday Heritage Church announced plans to buy the former Kone building in downtown Moline, known for its iconic test tower along the riverfront.

The church says the purchase, from its current owner, Financial District Properties, should close later this summer. A price was not disclosed.

Heritage Church is based in Rock Island and also has locations in Bettendorf, Moline and Kewanee.

Heritage plans to use the 117,000 square foot Kone building for a community center, similar to the former Ericsson School in the Moline's Floreciente neighborhood. It bought that building two years ago (2015) and now calls it the Esperanza Center.

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.