ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Businesses in the Miracle Mile along State Street may soon be getting some help from the city to replace and remove the signage we see along the roadway.
There's a proposal to use 65 thousand dollars in tax increment financing money to do that work. Business owners would have to apply with the city, and the money would be available on a first come first serve basis. Businesses could get up to $10,000 to replace a sign and install a new one that’s up to code, and $5,000 to completely remove a sign. Supporters of the project say it would bring some signs up to code and improve the overall look of the streetscape.
"There are a lot of good businesses along there that would to better of some of it was cleaned up, signage update. I'd like to see more happening west of Alpine. Allot of those business have been around for a long time and I think it would help them," says Rockford neighbor Janis Johnson.
The council is still looking over the details on the proposal. According to the business association in the area, there are already 8 businesses hoping to take part in the program once it’s approved.