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Rockford planning commission approves condo development

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM) -- Despite loud opposition, a development is moving forward that will bring major changes to downtown Rockford.

The community shared their concerns with the city planning commission Thursday night. Commissioners still gave the project the go-ahead.

Back in February, the city commission approved the preliminary plan to build the 51-unit Tamarack Run condo development.

Thursday evening, the planning commission also approved the plan, by a five-to-one vote.

City hall was packed, though, with community members strongly opposed to the project. Among their concerns are the environmental impact and increased traffic. The new construction will nearly double the amount of homes in the area near Monroe Street.

"It should be the people in the neighborhood who morally make the decision about how their neighborhood looks and what the density should be," said one meeting attendee.

The developer says the demand for more homes is there and most of the units already have interested buyers, even though the company hasn't done any marketing yet.

Another concern voiced at the meeting is that part of the development will be on half an acre of wetlands that are part of a city-owned park. The city responded to this by saying while the land in question is part of a city park, it's been contaminated from a past business nearby and isn't even accessible to the public.


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