Rock Island unveils its plans for the portion of Big Island it purchased a month ago. The plan calls for shopping, gas stations, and apartments to be built, filling a demand for amenities lacking in the area.
Once fully developed, the study reports the city could see nearly $2.5 million dollars in new sales tax funds, pumping dollars into the local economy and taking pressure off property tax rates. The area will take time to market as a portion of the levee needs to be moved to build a road into the site. The Army Corps of Engineers takes up to a year and a half to approve levee changes.