Star Block Redevelopment

January  25, 2013

     A company based in downtown Rock Island will help re-develop a downtown landmark.  This morning, Modern Woodmen donated 10,000 dollars to the Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation - for the Star Block. 

     Growth Corporation president, Brian Hollenback, says the Star Block is located in the heart of the downtown plaza, in the 18-hundred block of 2nd Avenue. Two buildings will be converted into commercial space, and eight apartments. And the donation from Modern Woodmen will help pay some of the upfront costs of the project.

     His group will complete the purchase of the Star Block late next month, then construction will begin in the late spring or early summer. Completion will take about 9 months. Hollenback says two apartments on the ground floor will be designed, and set aside for, veterans who have special needs.