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RI City Council to Consider College Hill Revitalization Plan

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With plans already underway to revitalize the 11th Street Corridor in Rock Island, another area of town may soon be getting a facelift as well.

A plan for the College Hill district, near Augustana, is going in front of City Council on Tuesday.

This will also be an open session for the public to voice their opinions on the plans drawn up by the College Hill Business Association.

The plans call for some beautification and to attract new business in the area.

This proposal has been in the works for three years, with help from the city.

The newest plan calls for ways to add to the already 60 businesses in the district and cater to adults of all ages.

Joy Murphy, 6th Ward Alderman on the Rock Island City Council, says with the college nearby, she would like to see the area look like the Village of East Davenport - with lots of bars and restaurants.

But diversity is important too, she says.

She wants the plan to result in bringing in new, unique shops for people to enjoy and keep

"It could definitely become way more student friendly," said Hilmi Al-Shakhshir, a former Augustana student who lives in the College Hill area now.

"I mean, Cool Beans is a good start, but you could add a bookstore or something where kids can just go relax outside of the college environment," he added.

"As a city, we are not going to focus on one group. We are going to focus on all the groups. When businesses are looking for a place to land, they will come here and see if this is a place for them. Then they will move into the district," Murphy said.

The revitalization plan also calls for the area becoming more pedestrian and biker friendly, with the addition of bike lanes and benches.

And, businesses may be asked to update the facades of their stores, but there will be grant money available to do this.

Tuesday's meeting at City Hall begins at 5:15 p.m.

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