Downtown Rock Island Revitalization Plan
Downtown Rock Island is a historic Mississippi Riverfront downtown located in on the Illinois and Iowa border. As with most legacy downtowns, Downtown Rock Island lost its luster with suburbanization and growth in neighboring downtowns. The Downtown Revitalization Plan established a planning and policy framework to stimulate private investment, leverage public investment, and obtain a critical mass of activity. Houseal Lavigne Associates was hired to develop key planning recommendations that included a new coordinated and flexible parking system, establishing a Theatre District, and transforming Second Avenue into a Woonerf, or a living street that balances the needs of vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. Implementation is underway with an overhaul of existing parking regulations, updating of the zoning code, and pursuing of state funding for development of the Woonerf.