Garden District

In July 2015, Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) and the City of Rock Island along with various community partners broke ground on seven single-family, new construction homes in downtown Rock Island, just north of Jackson Square. GROWTH serves as the developer for the project, with General Contracting LLC serving as the general contractor.

The Garden District is a $2 million new construction housing development unique to downtown Rock Island, which will be completed July 2016. A marketing brochure can be located at

This housing development is unique only to downtown Rock Island. Homes are being built in an urban, downtown environment ranging in size from 1,400 to 1,600 square feet with sales prices starting at $149,900. Two of the seven units will be targeted towards live-work with down payment assistance available. The development supports 16 full time construction jobs, using a model developed by the National Homebuilders Association.

The Garden District is the first single family residential new construction development in the Illinois Quad Cities that will incorporate the new residential fire safety systems- providing the highest level of life safety protection. The system runs off an existing water line, that circulates and builds continuous water pressure, ensuring optimal life safety assurances in new construction homes part of The Garden District.

“We are excited to be create such a unique development in downtown Rock Island. GROWTH introduces seven new single family homes capitalizing on the success of Jackson Square (link to Jackson Square) and initiatives set forth in the Arsenal Gateway Plan (link to City’s Plan at” said Brian Hollenback, President for Renaissance Rock Island. “When looking at the funding sources that make this development possible, you will see words like program income and sales proceeds, these are funds that GROWTH has earned from its other various development activities that are being recycled into the community through the Garden District development, furthering GROWTH’s efforts to bring new housing resources to Rock Island.”