hotel drawing

An artist's rendering of the proposed hotel. (Contributed photo)

A Chicago developer will unveil plans today for Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels as part of the redevelopment of the former Case IH plant in East Moline.

J. Paul Beitler, president of Beitler Real Estate Services LLC, will meet with East Moline officials to reveal his plans for redeveloping the vacant, 130-acre riverfront property. Beitler is a Chicago real estate leader.

The property is owned by River Eagle Investments, which announced in December 2010 that it planned to redevelop the site. The former Case New Holland, or CNH, plant closed in 2004.

In addition to the hotels, which will have 220 rooms, the master plan calls for a wide variety of property uses including a pharmacy, credit union/bank, drive-thru food courts, neighborhood retail shops, gasoline station, medical facility, restaurants, recreational sports center, 300 apartment units, senior citizen housing, self-storage facility and condominiums overlooking the Mississippi River.

The middle of the complex features a half-acre Central Park to host large-name entertainment and musical productions and other public recreational activities.

Developers have selected the name Fountainhead Quad-Cities for the site’s location on the Mississippi River, which — like a giant water fountainhead — supplies the heartland with commerce and recreation.   

“The glue that will hold each of the beautiful pieces of the puzzle together is the world-class architects who have been selected to design the various buildings and landscaping on the site,” Beitler said in a news release.

James DeStefano, the master planner for Canary Wharf in London, England, has created the master plan. Stanley Tigerman, the recipient of more than 120 architectural awards, has designed all the retail buildings. Margaret McCurry, cited regularly in Architectural Digest for her homes and interiors, is planning the 300-unit apartment village.  

Anchoring the first phase of the development are two hotels designed by world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn, who has designed more than 100 projects around the globe.  

Peter Osler, landscape architect and professor at IIT, has been tasked with the responsibility for the landscape design.  

Beitler said “the star power of the architects” will attract visitors from across the United States and around the world to visit Fountainhead and experience the unique designs by each of these famous architects assembled in one location.

Construction is expected to begin after the infrastructure is in place.