Residents Raise Concerns over Rock Island Walmart

Rock Island leaders could approve the comprehensive plan for the city at the council meeting on Monday, April 21st, 2014.

The comprehensive plan involves potential developments in the city like Jumer’s Crossing and a Rock Island Walmart, but neither of those plans have been finalized yet. Last month, city leaders said that a new Walmart would likely not open up in 2014. The city though, has essentially cleaned out the entire Watchtower Plaza for Walmart to move in.

“I do have a little bit of concern that Rock Island would be on the hook for the acquisition of those properties, the demolition of those properties, and then not have a buyer at the end,” Rock Island Resident Zach Edwards said.

The Jumer’s Crossing development is currently being held up in court. Leaders would like a retail development at the corner of I-280 and IL-92, but Milan leaders have concerns about the plans affecting the Big Island Levee. The next court hearing on the levee was scheduled for Wednesday, April 30th, 2014. Monday night’s city council meeting starts at 6:45 p.m. at Rock Island’s City Hall.