ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Construction work on a new facility that will provide more mental health services is underway. The site of the new Rosecrance location is expected to help patients in need, as well as brighten up North Main St.
Construction crews are hard at work digging up pavement to create a new outpatient site for Rosecrance. The health network is combining services from four locations, including its Ware Center on West State St., under one roof.
"We're going to be expanding our psychiatry services for adult community mental health work, also expanding our case management and outreach services as well," says Philip Eaton, president and CEO of Rosecrance Health Network.
Some nearby businesses believe putting Rosecrance in the empty building will help improve the area, they say it will be one less eyesore.
Dan Glavin has worked across the street at Crown Machine Incorporated for 14 years. He says he's seen two grocery stores fail in the structure which is why he's glad the building is being put to use.
"I think it's a good business opportunity and I think many of the other business owners in Rockford should follow the same trait," said Glavin.
Eaton said, "This was a 42-thousand square foot grocery store sitting here abandoned and basically decaying in the neighborhood and we're going to be changing the look and the appearance."
The new look should be completed with the site ready to open by mid-November.
The expansion is also expected to bring nearly two dozen more jobs. Rosecrance currently has 78 employees going to the North Main site, but after about six months in the building, Eaton says they hope to have 100 workers.