City Council Approves Parking Garage Signs, New Rosecrance Facility

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Several new signs will be installed in the next few months to help visitors find parking option in downtown Rockford.

Parking can be frustrating when we’re trying to spend a little time downtown, especially on big concert nights and before Icehogs games. The city wants to make sure that's not stopping people from visiting the heart of the city, so crews will soon install several new signs on the 4 parking garages in downtown Rockford. On Monday, city aldermen approved a plan to install a dozen signs, including light up ones that will say when a lot is full and where else we can go to park. All the parking decks in downtown are open to the public; these signs will help make that clear. It will cost $80,000 to put up the signs and they should be in place in the next six weeks.

Also on Monday, the council gave the green light to Rosecrance to move into a new building on Mulberry Street. That will allow the health center to expand its services. The new facility will house Rosecrance’s existing triage program and provide more beds for mental health patients

“That building is vacant and has been vacant for years now so I’m very pleased to see that it will be purchased and it will be occupied and it will be used for individuals in our community that need the assistance," says 13th Ward Alderman Linda McNeely, the new facility is in her ward.

Rosecrance plans to open this center by the end of the year. It has to move out of the current facility on West State Street because the county bought that building to house the Winnebago County Coroner's office.

A plan to allow paper applications for the city’s rental registry was approved Monday. Property owners were supposed to sign up entirely online, however, some landlords have come forward saying they can’t because they don’t own a computer or have internet access. The paper forms are available on the first floor of Rockford City Hall and are due by the end of March.

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