MOLINE -- The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County voted Monday to pay Chicago-based development advisors SB Friedman up to $94,000 to help with land development.
Assistant director of aviation Bryan Johnson said the company will assist the airport with about 100 acres of land, which includes property along the Milan Beltway and the existing airport industrial park off Indian Bluff Road.
The airport paid SB Friedman $31,500 for a preliminary market analysis completed last summer that identified the best potential use of the Milan Beltway site as light industrial. The company also recommended further study be done before the airport proceeds with development.
According to airport authority documents, the further analysis and other work to be completed by SB Friedman includes: -- Industrial/modern business park feasibility study to include identification of light industrial products lacking in the market, industrial products in demand, ground rent analysis, a land plan for future retail and hospitality development near the Milan Beltway, and gauging developer interest in speculative industrial buildings. -- Development of, and issue an RFQ/RFP (request for qualifications and request for proposals). -- Review of developerqualifications and determine short list -- Review proposals andmake a developer recommendation -- Assist in negotiations with selected developer -- Once construction plans are developed in detail, monitor plan and economic term revisions
Mr. Johnson said the work by SB Friedman should take three to six months, and the company's focus will be on what can be accomplished on the property in the next three years.
He said the additional analysis by SB Friedman will identify specific opportunities that exist and help attract developers.
Mr. Johnson said he will work closely with SB Friedman throughout the RFQ/RFP process and when choosing a developer to recommend.
At one time, airport land along the Milan Beltway was proposed to become a nine-phase retail, hotel, office and light industrial development to be built by RDC Case Creek Trails LLC.
Early last year, the developer was terminated from the project by the airport and Moline -- all three of which were partners in the development agreement. According to Moline planning and development director Ray Forsythe, the city and airport continue to work together as partners in the future development.
The first report by SB Friedman cited an "unmet demand for new, high-quality, light industrial and flex space that could be provided at Case Creek Trails."
It further cited a need for speculative space, which is built by a developer or third party before a tenant is identified. The "spec" space is then available to be leased immediately by a tenant moving to the area or expanding.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.