Construction Begins on Single-Family Homes

June  16, 2014

      New homes will soon line several streets in west Rock Island. This afternoon, the Rock Island Housing Authority and Community Housing Services celebrated the groundbreaking of Lynden Lane, a new mixed-income subdivision at 26th Avenue between 7th and 9th streets.

      Manor Homes, a 60-year-old public housing complex, once stood on the 4-acre site. Susan Anderson, executive director of the Rock Island Housing Authority, says tearing down the complex last winter brought an end to an era when public housing was supposed to be temporary. 

      "They built it as row houses and apartments, and lots of people very cramped together, and so with this one, we'll have a lot more space. People will have their own little area and their own little background, some garages. That sort of thing. And so it becomes more of a home." 

      The subdivision will include 55 units, including single-family homes and duplexes with driveways, patios, and gardens.    

      For the developer, Steve Clark, this is just the beginning of change in the area. He hopes to build a subdivision with 100 additional units.

     "We think that this is going to create some synergy in this neighborhood to cause a difference, make a difference. We're anxious about the Walmart that's coming, and it's just going to be a whole new different place in Rock Island."

      The Housing Authority started looking for financing to renovate the complex in 2005. It received federal and state tax credits for the  $12 million project.  The Rock Island Housing Authority will start accepting applications for Lynden Lane at the end of the summer. The subdivision should be completed by the end of this year.