Neighborhood Developments

The Garden District

The Garden District will create a Planned Unit Development with shared common elements, such as an outdoor patio, picnic area, urban garden, dog park, and playground that can be used by homeowners of the Garden District and residents of Jackson Square. This housing development will be unique only to downtown Rock Island. Homes will be built in an urban, downtown environment ranging in size from 1,400 to 1,600 square feet with sales prices starting at $149,900. Learn More…

Douglas Park Place

Douglas Park Place is a $2 million new construction initiative developed by GROWTH and owned by Community Housing Solutions. The development represents an anchor investment in the Douglas Park neighborhood. Eight town homes provide transitional housing to women coming out of a 28-day intense substance abuse treatment program. Through the program, they live at Douglas Park Place and complete the recovery process — receiving other supportive services on-site to help transition them back into society. Learn More…

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

The worst housing and economic downturn since the Great Depression had serious consequences for Rock Island neighborhoods and businesses. Foreclosures in some neighborhoods spiked 220%, businesses closed, and unemployment spiked. A total of $33 million was invested in Rock Island and Northwestern Illinois to stimulate the economy and stall the foreclosure crisis. Funding was put to the streets in an effort to rebuild neighborhoods hurt by foreclosures, vacancies, and blight. Learn More…

New Old Chicago Redevelopment

GROWTH’s efforts in Rock Island’s New Old Chicago Redevelopment area have included rehabilitation to existing units and new construction. Investment activity by GROWTH in this neighborhood exceeds $4 million. The homes impacted were clustered together to fill long-time vacant lots, while other dilapidated structures were taken down to make way for the new homes. Eight new construction homes were completed as of 2014, with additional homes anticipated in the future. Strategic partnerships with the City of Rock Island, Wells Fargo Foundation, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, and various private lenders have helped to rebuild this neighborhood. Learn More…

Villas at College Hill

The Villas at College Hill project created three new construction homes in an underutilized, bank-owned asset in Rock Island’s College Circle Neighborhood across from Augustana College. Capitalizing upon the college’s successful participation in Employer Assisted Housing program, GROWTH partnered with Augustana College to provide new housing construction options close to the campus. The Villas at College Hill homes range in size from 1,500 to 1,866 square feet. All are two-story homes featuring open floor plans. Learn More…

Murphy Lofts

Murphy Lofts are large, open Chicago-style loft condominiums. Murphy Lofts is a rare local landmark that was redeveloped to create four two-story, unique and spacious condominiums ranging from 2,010 to 2,250 square feet. This project is located in the historic Broadway neighborhood district and rests near a prime gateway to Rock Island’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The four condominiums are two-stories ranging from 2,010 to 2,250 square feet. Learn More…

Broadway Townhomes

Broadway Townhomes represents a signature in-fill housing development in Rock Island’s historic Broadway neighborhood. Six units were created; these included two market rate units and four units that were affordably priced between $99,900 and $129,900. These luxurious townhomes added value to a once declining area that over the years has transitioned into a thriving neighborhood. Other improvements to this neighborhood have included street resurfacing, landscaping, façade improvements, lighting, and new street signs. Learn More…