It’s a tug of war match we see almost everyday in the Stateline; those who want to keep things the way they are, and those who want to bring bigger better new things to a neighborhood.
Wednesday night a $7 million project was hotly debated as developers tried to answer the questions of irritated homeowners in Rockford.
Developers say the commercial space will have an old world feel, something that will fit perfectly, with the mainly residential neighborhood. But many neighbors simply are not buying it.
Of the 55 acres of land in question only eight would be commercial space, the rest will be residential. Still, increased traffic in an already congested area was one of the public’s biggest concerns.
Equally debated was existence of a need for commercial space. Many locals see nearby commercial developments sitting vacant and fear the same will be true at the proposed Village Centre at Guilford crossings.