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Quarters One and Golf Course Available

Quarters One on Arsenal Island
Rock Island Arsenal
Quarters One on Arsenal Island

The Army is making another effort to find someone to take over operation of Quarters One and the golf course on Arsenal Island. Last week, it began soliciting offers to lease the properties.

Garrison Commander Colonel Todd Allison says after not being able to attract much attention to them in the past, the Army is hoping some added flexibility will make a difference this time. That includes the possibility of demolishing old buildings and putting up new ones, and even making it easier to enter the installation.

"Access control - it does make coming on to the installation a little bit more challenging, but it's also a silver lining, a positive thing. Your asset that you're developing here on the installation is protected 24/7, not everyone can come on and use it, they've got to be vetted."

Allison says if someone offers to lease Quarters One, they wouldn't have to also be responsible for the golf course and clubhouse - the properties could be separated. They could also request a lease for up to 50 years.

Proposals are due by the end of July, with possible leases beginning next year.

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.