The Modern Townhomes on 6th Avenue are a wonderful new living experience in the heart of downtown Moline with entertainment, dining, shopping and more just down the street. Three bedrooms and two full baths are just the start. Solar panels top the roof with a by flow system that helps your power consumption levels go down! Vaulted ceiling in the 2nd floor master bedroom are angled up to 16 feet with large windows that fill the room with light. A composite deck is reached through the large sliding door just off the open living room kitchen. Private laundry, security system, link-able smart home, sprinkler system on each level including the 2-car heated garage with extra storage.
The project includes 22 three-story town homes that will stretch along the 1300 block of 6th Avenue, which also is Illinois 92. Jim Thomson, owner of Landmark Properties, said the $9 million development helps connect downtown with its adjacent residential neighborhoods.
The town homes were developed by Illinois Domus, a subsidiary of Landmark Properties, and built by Big Dog Construction, Davenport. The architect is Bracke.Hayes.Miller.Mahon Architects, Moline. Rock Island-based IMEG is the project’s engineer.
The market-rate, leased units are the first new construction town homes for Thomson and downtown’s Moline Centre, which has seen an explosion in loft housing and building renovations.
Moline city officials said plans for developing the vacant site were conceived in the city’s latest master plan update of Moline Centre.
“Jim and his team fell in well to what was envisioned,” said Jeff Anderson, the city’s planner. “(The project) checks several boxes.”
Not only does it increase housing stock in Moline Centre, but the development expands investment to the edge of downtown near Floreciente and the bluff residential neighborhood. After the success of the John Deere Commons redevelopment, Anderson said “The first hurdle was getting (new development) south of the railroad tracks and past 5th Avenue. The next hurdle is getting down to 6th and 7th avenues.”
His vision has been to see downtown’s redevelopment spark renewed interest in neighborhoods headed up the bluff. “This is really bringing the development market’s interest to the edge of that area.”
In addition, Anderson said to date most of downtown’s new housing has been in converted storefront and office buildings. But Thomson’s project shows “The market has matured to the point where quality new construction is becoming feasible,” he said.
Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri said the project will be a great addition to the adjacent Floreciente neighborhood and the downtown’s gateway. “That is such an important road because it gets so much traffic,” she said. “As you enter Moline, now there will be a really cool, residential space.”