Completed in April of 1998, Centre Station is the final major component in the John Deere Commons development. It is a twelve-bay, 12,000 square foot terminal and bus staging hub for local transportation needs, including MetroLINK’s metropolitan bus service and Channel Cat Water Taxi.
The main floor retail commons/lobby includes a community meeting room and banquet facility with sound and projection equipment. The Centre Station gift shop adorns the main floor selling travel amenities and acts as the advance ticket sales and information depot for MetroLINK customers.
Centre Station is also home to the 911 emergency dispatching center.
The showpiece for the Centre Station project is the corner clock tower that overlooks River Drive. The stone and brick site is a 350 space parking facility that connects to the TaxSlayer Center via a glass and steel crosswalk. This crosswalk was an addition to the facility after completion and patrons to return to their cars after TaxSlayer Center events.
What makes the facility unique is that of which it utilizes space. The MidCoast Fine Arts Gallery is fully enclosed inside Centre Station’s lobby area. An estimated 300,000 viewers see the displayed pieces yearly. The gallery features two artists for two months at one time. The works are sale while on exhibit.
Centre Station was strategically placed on River Drive and 4th Avenue for a reason. MetroLINK sponsored the Quad Cities “Smart Growth” Project to address the future transportation needs of the Quad Cities region. The thought was that early planning would increase the chances for Moline to invest in and implement a balanced set of redevelopment policies. The hope for the project is to make Centre Stations a passenger rail hub with connections to other area communities.