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Posted on: February 10, 2020

Floreciente Streetscape Community Sponsorship Program

Floreciente Streetscape Community Sponsorship Program - Website

The Floreciente Streetscape Community Project needs your help!

The City of Moline has established the Floreciente Streetscape Community Sponsorship Program and is looking for support from community stakeholders to apply the finishing touches. Depending on your level of commitment, your sponsorship could install the neighborhood street sign, corner bollard luminaire light, bench, trash receptacle, planter and/or bike rack. See the brochure link below for more details.

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Floreciente Neighborhood History

The Floreciente neighborhood - which means "the blossoming" in Spanish - is bounded by the Mississippi River, 6th Avenue along the bluff’s edge, 1st Street at the Rock Island boundary, and 12th Street bordering Moline Centre. The neighborhood is approximately 177 acres in size. Floreciente is primarily an older, traditional residential neighborhood that developed from the 1870s onward providing housing for those who worked at nearby John Deere factories and other industries north of Railroad Avenue and in other areas of Moline and neighboring Rock Island. Over the last three decades, the neighborhood has become the home to the City’s and region’s growing Hispanic population. Interspersed with the housing stock are churches, civic institutions and a number of small businesses, thriving destination restaurants, convenience stores and groceries. 

Floreciente Neighborhood Plan

The Floreciente Neighborhood Plan incorporated a neighborhood land use strategy focused on creating a neighborhood center between 6th and 8th Street where neighborhood commercial uses would be concentrated and on preserving housing affordability through housing rehabilitation and infill development. Other planning recommendations include streetscape, landscaping and lighting enhancements along 5th and 6th Avenues and the installation of pedestrian and bicycle paths to improve linkages between the neighborhood’s residential areas, Ericcson School, Moline Centre and to the riverfront. The Plan also calls for maintaining the neighborhood’s brick streets, changing Illinois Route 92 into two-way thoroughfares and adapting the vacant movie theater building on 4th Avenue into a Mexican Mercado or grocery store.

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