The Sunset Motel on 11th and BP Amoco on Auburn were notorious among local residents for being places you didn't want to be after dark.
The motel was shut down due to drug activity and prostitution while the gas station was shut down following a shooting. Since then, both have had to work to comply with requirements set by the City of Rockford's legal department. Neighborhood watch groups support the decision to reopen the businesses as long as they are kept on a short leash.
"Keep a very close eye on them and the first phone call of drug activity, gang activity, prostitution, anything shady, shut them down, take their license away and hang them by the toenails," said Cindy Kivil of Orchid Neighborhood Watch.
Some of the safety requirements include a list banning certain people and both businesses have to hire security to be on site. The gas station also had to agree to restricted hours of operation. Police say they can only be open for business between 5 a.m. and midnight.