1821-1823 2nd Avenue, Rock Island
Phase One: 8 Residential, 2 Commercial
Phase Two: 14 Residential, 2 Commercial (predevelopment)
$2 Million Investment
GROWTH and the Development Association of Rock Island (DARI) acquired five buildings known as the Star Block in 2013. The adjacent buildings currently feature first floor commercial space. The upper floors of the buildings will be renovated for apartment space.
Star Block was constructed in 1874 and was designated as a local Rock Island Landmark in 1991.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 1, 2014 for Phase One of Star Block at 1821-1823 2nd Avenue, owned by Star Block Lofts LLC, a subsidiary of GROWTH. This project will address Rock Island’s local housing market needs, respond to the community’s growing and dynamic downtown residential population, and is consistent with the community’s desire for unique urban living opportunities that are close to many amenities. Construction and renovations are underway.
Phase Two of Star Block (1825-1829 2nd Avenue) remains under predevelopment, and will total a $1.9 million renovation project adding 14 artist, live-work lofts. Construction is expected to begin in 2015.
Once Phase One and Phase Two are completed, this project will have invested $3.6 million dollars and have created 22 upper story apartments in the heart of downtown Rock Island.
Interesting Fact: The three-dimensional star in the peak is original.
Above Right: New exterior paint completed September 2015.
Above: Star Block circa 1990's
Below: Postcards of the Star Block buildings along 2nd Avenue, early 1900's.
Below Left: The three dimensional star in the peak is original to the building.