Development in New Old Chicago

July  03, 2014

      One of Rock Island's oldest neighborhoods now has a new look. This week, Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation finished renovating one block in New Old Chicago.

      Executive director, Brian Hollenback, says the project took over eight years. Eight new single family homes were built in the 600 block of 10th Street and one home was renovated on 7th Avenue.   He says investment in the neighborhood has declined for the past 40 years. 

      "Concentration of the new homes certainly shows that we're building a new neighborhood. but yet, we're also being historically senstive in the design. We're also working within the existing homes that are there because not every home needs to be torn down. And then, it also complements all the additional activity along 11th street and within the north eleventh street tip."

      The project is part of the city of Rock Island's $9 million New Old Chicago redevelopment plan, which includes a new Martin Luther King Park, expansion of the King community center, creation of Douglas Park Place, and construction of more new single family homes. 

      The Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation worked with the city, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, and local banks to develop New Old Chicago.


(Photo: One of the new homes built under the Rock Island New Old Chicago redevelopment plan.)