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Villas at College Hill Groundbreaking Held Sept. 8

Jacobs090914Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH), in partnership with Augustana College and the City of Rock Island, broke ground for a new construction housing effort, known as Villas at College Hill on Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. The project will create three new construction homes in the College Circle Neighborhood, off 30th Street across from Augustana College in Rock Island.

GROWTH continues to rebuild Rock Island one block at a time. Augustana College plays a vital role in our community and I am excited to call them a partner in the Villas at College Hill development. As a community based development organization, we look to fill the needs of a community. Villas at College Hill advances new construction efforts in Rock Island in a price range that is desired,” said Renaissance Rock Island President Brian Hollenback.

The College Circle Neighborhood circles Augustana College, from 5th Avenue on the North to 14th Avenue on the South – then to 38th Street on the East and 25th Street on the West. The neighborhood is adjacent to the College Hill District, which is known for its eclectic range of sixty shops and restaurants. Existing housing located in the College Circle neighborhood includes single-family detached residences, some duplexes, apartments, and dormitories.

GROWTH acquired the Lot 10, Lot 11, and Lot 13 in order to create the three new construction homes. The
$932,000 project is expected to be completed by fall 2015.

Capitalizing upon the college’s successful participation in GROWTH’s Employer Assisted Housing program (otherwise known as Live-Work Rock Island), Augustana College partnered with GROWTH to provide new housing construction options close to the campus.

Augustana College remains one of the top five participating employers of the Live-Work Rock Island homebuyer program. To date, 30 Augustana College employees purchased Rock Island homes through the program, producing $3,102,174 in real estate transactions. The program continues to be a great employee attraction and retention tool for Augustana College.

"As a resident of the College Hill neighborhood myself, I'm very excited to see new construction, and especially of this quality. We at Augustana know this is an outstanding neighborhood, and it's encouraging to see others recognize the vitality that businesses like Cool Beanz, Against the Grain and Legends have brought to College Hill. Thanks to GROWTH and its leadership, I'm confident this vitality will attract still more residents into our neighborhood," said President of Augustana College Steve Bahls.
“Affordable and easily accessible housing is an important consideration for employers looking to locate to
our region. The partnership formed between GROWTH, Augustana College, and the City of Rock Island is a
great example of our community working together to encourage economic development in Rock Island,”
said Sen. Mike Jacobs.

About the Project

The Villas at College Hill homes will range in size from 1,500 to 1,866 square feet. All will be two-story homes featuring open floor plans, great rooms with open porches and 2-car garages.

The homes will range in price from $209,900 to $229,900.

Home090914-1•     Lot 10, College Circle. $209,900: 3 bedrooms, 2.25 baths, attached 2-car garage, 1,500 square feet. Lot 10 is an Employer Assisted Home. As an additional benefit, $10,000 in direct down payment assistance will be granted for eligible employees.




Home090914-2•     Lot 11, College Circle: $219,900: 4 bedrooms, 2.25 baths, attached 2-car garage, 1,866 square feet.





Home090914-3•     Lot 13, College Circle: $229,900: 4 bedrooms, 2.25 baths, detached 2-car garage, $1,595 square feet.





Project Team

GROWTH is serving as the developer, Crawford Company is the general contractor, and Shive-Hattery is the architect.
This project is made possible by the following:
•     U.S. Bank
•     Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
•     Program Income: Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2

In partnership with:
•     City of Rock Island
•     Augustana College
•     Northwest Bank & Trust


Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) is a 501(c)(3) Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO); To date, GROWTH has impacted nearly 1000 units of housing in Rock Island, including the construction of eight new infill construction homes since
2012. GROWTH is housed under Renaissance Rock Island, an umbrella name for three inter- connected organizations dedicated to the revitalization of Rock Island. In addition to GROWTH, the Development Association of Rock Island (DARI) focuses on commercial and industrial development; and The Downtown Rock Island Arts & Entertainment District (The District) markets the downtown and produces unique downtown events. For more information on GROWTH visit www.EconomicGrowthCorporation.com and for Renaissance Rock Island, visit  www.LiveRI.com.

About Augustana College:

Augustana College Augustana College is a private, selective liberal arts college located on a 115- acre campus near the Mississippi River in Rock Island.

Cunningham, Burke to host burglary prevention seminar

Cunningham-crime-prevEVERGREEN PARK – State Senator Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) and Rep. Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park) are hosting a workshop Monday, Sept. 15 to increase awareness about burglaries and educate residents about how to minimize risk.

Local law enforcement officials and a reformed burglar will discuss steps people can take to reduce the chances of burglary.

The seminar will take place at the Evergreen Park Library. It is open to members of the public and the press.

Attendees should RSVP by calling Cunningham’s office at 773-445-8128.


Monday, Sept. 15


7-8:30 p.m.


Evergreen Park Library

9400 S. Troy Ave.

Evergreen Park, IL

Cunningham will host a second burglary seminar Oct. 2 at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.

Harmon earns excellent rating from Citizen Action

HarmonHeadshotRSPRINGFIELD – Citizen Action/Illinois, Illinois’ largest public interest organization, has given State Senator Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) an excellent rating for his voting record in the General Assembly over the past two years.

"Senator Harmon’s voting record for the 98th General Assembly is, without a doubt, a testament to his commitment to working families, civil rights and consumer advocacy," said William McNary, Citizen Action/Illinois’ co-director.

Citizen Action/Illinois has led campaigns for lower utility rates, fair taxes, affordable and quality health care, insurance and campaign finance reform, and stronger environmental and food safety protections. Harmon voted with Citizen Action 92 percent of the time in 2013 and 2014.

Mulroe to host 4th annual Community Resource Fair

Senator Mulroe will be hosting his 4th annual Community Resource Fair September 13 in Dunham Park from 10 am until 2 pm.  The fair will feature many state, county and city agencies including: Mulroe-Fair-thmb

  • Illinois Department on Aging (SHIP Senior Health Insurance Program
  • IDOT
  • Illinois Hunger Coalition
  • Chicago Public Library
  • Northwest Side Housing Center
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Wright College
  • Regional Transportation Authority
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
  • Illinois State Treasurer
  • Eisenhower Public Library
  • Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Tollway
  • Niles Public Library
  • Secretary of State
  • Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Leyden Family Services
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Maryville Crisis Nursery
  • Illinois State Comptroller
  • Village of Niles
  • Cook County Board of Review
  • Triton College
  • Village of Harwood Heights
  • Chicago City Clerk's Office
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Chicago Fire Department
  • Cook County Assessor's Office
  • Attorney General's Office
  • Village of Schiller Park
  • Park Ridge Park District
  • Secretary of State
  • Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Leyden Family Services
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Maryville Crisis Nursery
  • Illinois State Comptroller
  • Village of Niles
  • Cook County Board of Review
  • Triton College
  • Park Ridge Park District
  • Village of Harwood Heights
  • Chicago City Clerk's Office
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Chicago Fire Department
  • Cook County Assessor's Office
  • Attorney General's Office

The primary goal of these agencies will be to provide information on their services to the public; however some booths will also provide on-site services.  The Secretary of State will have the capabilities to renew or correct driver’s licenses and State ID cards, as well as renew license plate stickers and provide organ donor registration (applicable fees apply to these services).  The Department of Employment Security will be providing assistance with preparing resumes and resources for job seekers. Adults can inquire about unclaimed refunds on property and children can receive free ID cards .

In addition to the various agencies listed a health tent will also be on-site and providing free flu shots, osteoporosis screenings, stroke risk assessments, hearing & blood pressure screenings, medication information and much more.

Healthy cooking demonstrations, a reptile show and various music and dance performances will take place on the 2014 Fair Stage. Free refreshments, music, a rain barrel raffle, lots of giveaways, face painting, bingo and an inflatable bounce house will also be available.

“This fair is a chance for members of the community to learn about valuable state services and receive health and education information all in one location,” said Mulroe.  “I am honored to be able to provide this opportunity to the people of the 10th District.”

For a complete list of services provided by each booth, please visit www.senatormulroe.org or call  773-763-3810 for more information.

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