Development Near Rock Island Casino Hits Roadblock
The city of Rock Island has plans to develop land near Jumer's casino but is running into a few road blocks and now city leaders says they will take legal action if they have to.
Restaurants, housing and retail shops could be the next project near Jumer's possibly bringing jobs and property tax revenue to the city but officials say they need to have highway access to Big Island in order to make it happen.
That requires changing the levee, which is sponsored by the Village of Milan and the Big Island Conservancy.
The sponsors say they need to see a plan first but city officials say they will not submit a plan and will look into pursuing legal action to get control of the levee.
"I know it sounds good on paper, but a lot of the facts will show you the dikes that have been altered whether with good intention or not, do not always work," said Cindy Miller.
Residents and the conservancy group have questions that Rock Island City officials say they don't have answers to right now.
A hearing is scheduled for September 12th to consider allowing Rock Island to get legal counsel.