UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A vacant home that has been on the top of the list to be torn down, has now been demolished.
The home, in the 400 block of Catlin Street, was close to Kishwaukee School and causing some concern among neighbors that students might wander near the abandoned structure.
The home was one of twenty Rockford homes expected to be torn down within the next week.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Students are back in class in Rockford and in one neighborhood there’s concern about a vacant house just two blocks from a school playground.
City staff say bulldozers should be knocking the big blue house on Catlin Street down by the end of September.
It’s been at the top of the list to be torn down since March. Some have asked what has taken so long to take the home down. The city doesn’t own the home so by state law, the city has to publish a notice for demolition in the paper and mail letters to the owner. The process can take months.
The home on Catlin is part of a group of 20 that N-Trak Group of Loves Park will begin to tear down within the next week. City Staff are hopeful the weather cooperates and 120 empty homes will be torn down by years end.
That work is being paid for with money from the city’s sanitation fund and a state grant. In all, the city plans to spend a million dollars on home demolition this year.
The Rockford Public School District is asking for our votes in order to move forward with its ten-year facilities plan to upgrade all schools.