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Rock Island could spend $60K for downtown revitalization plan

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Rock Island leaders could hire a consulting firm on Monday, June 23, 2014 to figure out how to revitalize the downtown area.

Back in April, the city helped celebrate the opening of 10 new businesses in The District. Monday night, the city could spend $60,000 on the firm Houseal Lavigne Associates from the Chicago area, to find out what more needs to be done.

City leaders would like to see more shoppers in The District. The consulting firm has released a report that says the downtown area could use more retail in the near future. Alderwoman Kate Hotle says she would like to see the downtown become more than just a nightlife and entertainment district. Business leaders in the area are looking to see whether more retail shops would actually be possible.

"We're really trying to have a daytime community where people come down," business owner Sarah Sterling said in April. "There are shops opening up here, and our goal is to educate the community."

Other city leaders would like to see if a second bike path is possible in the city. The consulting firm believes there needs to be more centralized parking in the downtown area too.

No physical plans will be approved at Monday's meeting, but it starts at 6:45 p.m. at Rock Island's City Hall. Monday, the city will also consider more testing and architectural services for its new police station.

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