The Renwick Building in downtown Davenport is one of three new projects that Restoration St. Louis is putting its stamp on the Quad-Cities.
The company, owned by Amrit and Amy Gill, was selected this spring to develop the private portion of the Quad-Cities Multi-Modal Facility Project in downtown Moline. The project will house the future Amtrak rail service that will run between the Quad-Cities and Chicago.
Restoration St. Louis will renovate the upper five stories of the historic O’Rourke Building as well as construct a 150-room hotel on the
adjacent property. The bottom floor will be the Multi-Modal Facility, or Amtrak station.
Amy Gill, Restoration St. Louis’ chief executive officer, said the hotel will sit on the east end of a triangular-shaped parcel of land adjacent to the O’Rourke Building, a near century-old building that once was a warehouse for Sears, Roebuck & Co. Gill said she recently had her first design meeting with Renew Moline and others involved in the project. “We had our first design review and they loved it,” she said.
According to Janet Mathis, Renew Moline’s executive director, the project’s partners include Restoration St. Louis and its architect, VOA; Renew Moline; the city of Moline, which owns the O’Rourke Building; and MetroLINK, which is “the keeper of the funds” from the federal and state governments.
“There are a lot of different elements we need and want here,” she said. “The biggest is to serve the Amtrak service coming to town.” The long-awaited Amtrak service is expected to begin in 2014.
Although the project still is in the conceptual stage, Mathis said plans call for the O’Rourke Building to be a combination of residential, commercial and retail space atop the train station. Also being discussed in development of additional apartments in the new hotel, such as Restoration St. Louis did in its renovation of the Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport.
“We’re excited because our hotels down here are booked,” she said, adding that creating additional meeting space to assist the nearby i wireless Center also is a possibility. “The conceptual plans haven’t been done far enough to even have a development agreement discussion yet.”
Back in downtown Davenport, Gill said Restoration St. Louis purchased a vacant building at 427 Pershing Ave. — around the corner from Hotel Blackhawk — at a bank auction. The plan is to convert the four-story brick building into traditional loft housing. The 51,000-square-foot building will house 40 apartments — 12 studios, 13 one-bedroom units and 15 two-bedroom units.
The building was purchased for $185,400 in a deal completed July 12, according to Scott County deed records.
The building is adjacent to another new loft housing project already in the works at 5th and Iowa streets. The Madison, Wis.-based Alexander Co., which developed the nearby Crescent Lofts, now is renovating the adjacent building into the Kerker Lofts.
Gill said she has yet to verify the history of her latest building, but found a sign that might indicate it was once a grocery. “I need to do the research,” she added.