MOLINE -- A multi-tenant redevelopment on the site of the former Mill's Chevrolet worth $6.5 million is in the works, the city council learned Tuesday night.   

Ray Forsythe, planning and development director, gave an update on several restaurant and retail developments in the city. 

The current building will retain the Mills Chevrolet body shop, but will add five new tenants to the building. Two more new buildings will be constructed on the lot.

"(Build-to-Suit) has more letters of interest than he has space in the building so we are really excited," Mr. Forsythe said. "There will be some national restaurants and retail going in there, the majority of which will be new to Moline, and a couple new to the Quad-Cities."   

Mr. Forsythe said that Retail Strategies LLC, a group that markets cities to retailers and restaurants nationwide, had reported "really good interest in Moline" at the International Council of Shopping Centers REcon 2017 held in Las Vegas. The three-day convention had 37,000 visitors.    

He gave an update on the potential future development of a Portillo's restaurant. The Chicago-based company sells hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and salads.

"We do continue to work with Portillo's, although I am sad to say we have not found them the exact location they want," Mr. Forsythe said. 

The first phase of construction of Dolan Commons, a redevelopment on the site of the former Aldi's grocery store on the corner of 27th Street and Avenue of the Cities, is expected by the end of the year. Final lease negotiations with Starbucks, planned for the site, still are being hammered out, Mr. Forsythe said. 

While it may not look like it now, a new Olive Garden restaurant planned on a lot outside of SouthPark Mall is expected to open the first week in November.

"If you drive by now it does not look like there is a lot of activity, but they have done the utility work and site prep," Mr. Forsythe said. "Those buildings come in not completely pre-fab but basically tinker toy, put them together on-site. Once it is finished, it will go very quickly."

Macerich, owner of SouthPark Mall, is in final negotiations with "several" new tenants for both inside and outside of the mall.

"Their redevelopment is actually paying off now," Mr. Forsythe said. "It's just taking awhile to show that retail sales have increased in the mall since they did their multi-million dollar remodel. That's really good news."

Mr. Forsythe said "serious negotiations" are being held with a restaurant to move into the former Ducky's Formal Wear, 1534 River Drive. The formal wear business recently moved to a new location at 1721 5th Avenue.

He also announced Retail Strategies LLC will be touring the multi-modal station and making a presentation to the council on Aug. 22.

The council approved the 2016 police annual report but did not hear a presentation or discuss it during the meeting. 

A new restaurant located inside the LeClaire Apartments, 421 19th St., is one step closer to reality. During the committee of the whole, the council voted to give its consent to Thomas Waggoner to receive a Class A liquor license. 


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