Funding Plan for Indoor City Market

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) – For the thousands of people who turned up for the first night of Rockford City Market, the city is taking steps to make the attraction a permanent part of downtown Rockford.

Aldermen are trying to get nearly $220,000 from the state to buy a building on Madison Street that would be turned into the Indoor City Market with four to five permanent shops or restaurants as well as an industrial kitchen for rotating vendors to use. Some workers in downtown aren’t sure there would be enough parking. Others welcome this latest addition to the neighborhood.

“I probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for some of the things that they are doing in the city, that kind of keeps me around.”

“So as much as they can do, I think it helps the economy, I think it helps the city and it’s a good thing.”

“With this last winter, being as cold as it was, ti would be nice to have something like that, where people can get together and do things in the colder months too.”

The goal is to start construction on the site this fall and have the indoor market up and running in late 2015.

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