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UPDATE: Rockford wants your opinion on downtown development

UPDATE: Rockford wants your opinion on downtown development

UPDATE: A draft copy of the the Land Use Master Plan can be viewed by clicking here.

The Rockford Planning Commission wants your input on the city's development.

On Thursday, March 17th, the commission will hold an open house at City Hall to discuss the Land Use Master Plan for the area that stretches from the old tannery property across to Northland Drive.

City Manager Michael Young says there are a number of vacant lots in that area including the tannery property and sites near Rockford Baptist Church and Hermans Boy.

The Open House on Thursday will be casual.  Residents are invited to drop in any time between 6pm and 8pm to see the plans and to weigh in on the ideas.

Young says the feedback will be discussed at the Planning Commission meeting on

Wolverine pulls the plug on new Rockford Footwear Depot

Wolverine pulls the plug on new Rockford Footwear Depot

Wolverine World Wide is pulling the plug on a multimillion dollar development plan in Rockford.  The plan called for a new retail center on the old tannery site near the Rogue River. 

In just two weeks Wolverine was supposed to demolish the current shoe store and start building a large retail center closer to downtown.  It was going to be a huge financial boost for Rockford, until the plans were pulled.

Rockford City Manager Michael Young says the company pulled out of $8 million project because of the economy, and because the current store is profitable.

The new 15,000 square foot building would have been in the downtown development district, allowing Rockford to reinvest the revenue to upgrade roads and sidewalks.  The city manager says hearing th

Rogue River chosen for restoration

By Beth Altena, the Rockford Squire

“If you have a business in Rockford, this will make a difference to your business,” said Glenn Blackwood of Great Lakes Fly Fishing, a Rockford business.

Blackwood spoke before Rockford Rotary, telling members that the Rogue River has been selected as one of only twelve rivers across the United States for a multi-year restoration project organized by Trout Unlimited (TU). Blackwood spoke in terms of business for Rotary, but might well have said if you live in Rockford, this will affect you positively.

Selection process began over two years ago when TU researchers considered three Michigan rivers for restoration and protection. Because of strong support in the area by environmental groups, donations by local business and non-profit partners and the extreme value of the Rogue as a fishery, the Rogue was chosen over the Rifle and Pigeon/Black rivers.