Moline seeks more input to improve riverfront

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Public input from back in October 2023 helped the project team come up with three design concepts for the future of Moline’s riverfront, which were presented at the Feb. 10 event. | Algunos de los conceptos de mejora presentados en la celebración "Love the River" el 10 de febrero de 2024.
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By Jonathan Turner, OurQuadCities.com

Some Moline residents participating in the “Love the River” celebration on February 10, 2024.

The city of Moline is seeking more public input on ideas to improve the riverfront area downtown.

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It held a Moline Riverfront “Love the River” Celebration on Saturday, February 10th at Mercado on Fifth with Renew Moline. The project team gave a presentation — covering the project background, community vision, and design concepts — followed by open house exercises and family-friendly activities including free professional Valentine’s-themed photos, a Valentine-inspired decorating station, and local sweet treats and refreshments.

If you weren’t able to attend that celebration, or want to give additional feedback, please take the Community Survey #2 here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MolineRiverFrontPlan. The survey is available until the end of the day on Monday, Feb. 26th.

Public input from back in October 2023 helped the project team come up with three design concepts for the future of Moline’s riverfront, which were presented at the Feb. 10 event.

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 “This is YOUR opportunity to share what you want for the future of the riverfront. All of the feedback gathered will inform the creation of a final draft riverfront concept that the project team will present for additional feedback in late spring/early summer,” according to a city release Friday.

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This initiative — led by the city of Moline, Renew Moline, and a multidisciplinary planning team — will create a compelling vision and implementation plan for a re-imagined Moline riverfront. This planning and design process embraces community engagement, ecological resilience, improved health and wellness for all ages, with a focus on catalyzing future investment within Moline Centre and along the Mississippi River.

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The project will include a series of events and surveys to ideate, refine concepts, and ensure the final plan reflects market realities with what the community wants to see along the riverfront.

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Some of the improvement concepts presented at the “Love the River” celebration on Feb. 10, 2024.

“Downtown Moline has had considerable success in redevelopment in the last 20 years, but like other downtowns around the country, it also has its share of empty storefronts, vacant property and underdeveloped parcels,” according to the riverfront website. “The construction of the new I-74 bridge presents a unique opportunity to redevelop areas of Downtown Moline that once laid under the existing interstate highway. This process, building on years of planning and input, will result in a thoughtful and creative integration of development, open space and associated infrastructure. 

“This planning and design process will embrace engagement and aspires to both community and ecological resilience, improving health and wellness for all ages and catalyzing future investment within downtown Moline and along the Mississippi River,” the site says.

More project information can be found at www.molineriverfrontplan.com.

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