Making room for Rock Island Wal-Mart, independent living center relocates

Making way for a new Wal-Mart, an independent living center will break ground at their new location.

The Illinois Iowa Center for Independent Living (IICIL), currently located in the 3000 block of 11th Street in Rock Island will break ground on Monday, November 4, 2013 at their new location. IICIL will be moving to the 500 block of the same street.

Due to a Wal-Mart being developed, several businesses are relocating.

“The center is one of a number of businesses that will be finding new locations,” said IICIL Executive Director, Liz Sherwin. “The tremendous support of the City of Rock Island made this possible.”

The City of Rock Island donated the new site to the center and also provided various infrastructure supports for the site’s development. According to the Rock Island board member Janet Lockhart Johnson, the completion date of the 6,500 sq. foot building is expected to be late March of 2014.

“The building will be fully accessible to people with disabilities and is estimated to cost a little bit over $1 million,” said Lockhart Johnson.

Local crews will be working on the building, with Build to Suit, Inc. of Bettendorf as the contractor and Joseph Gusse of Joseph Architectural Group of Rock Island as the architect.