ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Singer Mental Health Facility on North Main has sat empty for just more than a year, but it might not stay like that for long.
$1 is all it’s going to cost to buy the State’s old mental hospital, and developers could get even more tax incentives to rehabilitate the old property.
Singer closed its doors in October 2012 and since then, it’s been taken over by long grass and weeds. To make sure the site doesn’t become a lasting eyesore in the Stateline, Senator Steve Stadelman introduced legislation that allows the state to sell vacant properties to local municipalities for just $1. That tax credit act was passed this week. It also includes tax credits for investors to redevelop the property.
“We don’t need another eyesore in this community, so the sooner the better. I don’t have any timetable right now but hopefully with this legislation we can encourage some additional looks at this property and eventually it’s reuse,” said Sen. Steve Stadelman (D) 34th District.
Both Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey and Winnebago County Chairman Scott Christiansen say they don’t have any plans at this point to buy Singer. Christiansen did say though he’d like to see something done with the property.
Investors interested in redeveloping Singer could get a tax credit of up to 30% of projects costing between $5,000 and $250,000.