Discussion Over Proposed Shopping Center Continues

By: Stephen Johnson
By: Stephen Johnson

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- If there's ever been a rare occurrence in downtown Rockford, it's been the construction of a building that isn't backed by government funding. The last was built six years ago and that drought may be over soon.

A proposed shopping center at the corner of Jefferson and Third Street in downtown Rockford took one more step towards approval tonight. The building would house up to four tenants with one of them being a Dollar Tree.

Some residents who live near the property voiced their concern over the layout and landscaping of the center which would show a loading dock and dumpsters in plain view of homes across the street. Aldermen say they're willing to try and resolve those issues before the building approved.

"There were some, from what I understand, that were totally opposed to the project, there were others that weren't opposed to the project but had concerns about one issue or another that wanted to have those addressed. So I thought it was a constructive, very healthy debate”, says Alderman Frank Beach.

There has been worry over the types of shops the center may attract including tobacco outlets, pawn shops and cash stores. Aldermen talked about the possibility of working on ensuring those businesses aren't added to the building once completed. The shopping center will be discussed again at next week's meeting.

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  • by Allen Location: Rockford on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    I hope they plan on hiring a lot of armed security guards, install bullet proof glass, post signs in the parking lot that say, "Caution-Watch for Flying Bullets," and train and arm all cashiers with the proper and safe usage of 12 guage pump-action shotguns. (The weapons of choice that speaks the universal language all criminals speak.) What kind of businesses are going to move in?...Your One Stop Marijuana Shop or Cash for Crack? I mean, don't we have enough "Stop & Rob's" in this gangster city, come on!...
  • by Joe Location: Rockford on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:29 AM
    Who are these residents trying to kid? Pawn shops, tobacco stores and check cashing stores will only improve that neighborhood.
  • by Jack Location: Rockford on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:18 AM
    This is a "shopping Center" ? Give me a break!
  • by Rockfordian Location: Rockford on Mar 6, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    Dollar Tree stores on East State Street by Logli, on Harlem Road, and 11th Street do not seem to bring down their neighborhoods-why would this one bring down downtown? Oh wait-it's not upscale enough of a store for the street people who are down there now.
  • by Charles Location: Winnebago on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:55 AM
    Only poor people who commit crimes shop at downtown Rockford? You only care about yourselves! Who needs jobs? Rockford people! Who needs value? Rockford people! Who is represented by a moran with a big mouth who forgets his job needs votes? Aldermen? Rockford!
  • by Steven Location: Rockford on Mar 6, 2012 at 02:38 AM
    If they members of the city council want to limit what stores can be in the new, needed, building after it's built, why even bother to build it? We need the jobs, the tax revenue, and the stores in the near downtown area. Let them build it. Let them be.
  • by Steven Location: Rockford on Mar 5, 2012 at 07:39 PM
    Can That Part Of Town Sustain A Retail Strip Center or Will It End Up As More Vacant Space???
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