Old K-Mart Demolished

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

The first bit of rubble is just hitting the ground, but the plans for the seven acres of land that the former K-Mart store sits on have already taken off.

"Twenty four condos going up bounded by a street called Edson, and to the west, a 10,200 square foot medical clinic for internal medicine, and a lot available for future development," says Dan Loescher, chairman of the Rockford Local Development Corporation.

The $6 million project will blend residential and commercial development, bringing new energy and commerce to the run down shopping mall.

"It should be exciting for people on the northwest side, and help bring other things here because more people will want to get involved," says Rockford Mayor Doug Scott.

"With a bit of work we have come up with a design to produce a condo that will sell for $125,000, which will be three bedroom, two bath, a garage and basement," says Bob Atroup of Cord Construction.

Rockford alderman John Beck says there hasn't been development of this magnitude in the area for decades and he's confident that the project will help spur future development for other under utilized properties on the northwest side.

"When you're looking at tearing down a building and putting up a new one, it's more expensive than building on a Greenfield, so we have to begin to look at how we can revitalize properties within the city. The city was able to create a TIF district to help make this happen," says Rockford alderman John Beck.

The condominiums are scheduled to be finished in the summer of 2005. The clinic is scheduled to be completed later in the fall. The project also includes the construction of a new water retention facility to help ease drainage problems for residents of Country Club Terrace.


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