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.

1 Comment

  • Charlie

    WQAD and other news media need to understand that the issues surrounding the levee protecting Big Island and Milan, does not just apply to village officials. The concerns of what happens to the levee also involves the Milan/Rock Island residents of Big Island. Rock Island is treating this issue as if it were another piece of property. Mayor Pauley has said the Corps of Engineers would not let the city do anything wrong. Yet, being a resident of Big Island and following this issue from the 2nd year, I find no reason whatsoever to trust Mayor Pauley and his fledglings. During the past year, he has made numerous contradictory statements when it comes to modifying the levee. I moved from the Augustana area because Rock Island has practically given the college carte’ blanche when it comes to the neighborhoods. Now they want to charge me for a project 1.5 miles from my home, and ruin my new home’s value and invalidate the current levee status. One more thing. If by a stroke of luck this goes through, I challenge any and all of the contractors, city, business officials and their employees to help in the cleanup if Rock Island’s playing with the levee causes a failure and brings disaster to the Island and Milan, to come help with the cleanup and rebuilding for FREE. It won’t happen because I feel that everyone has their hands in each others pockets.

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