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East State Street Existing Assets:


● ● Mostly two- and three-story mixed-use buildings, with residential and office space above commercial


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● ● Sporadic taller buildings such as City Hall, the Chase Bank building, the Rockford Register Star ●● Parallel parking ●● Existing vehicular traffic flow ●● Existing traffic signalization and planters ●● Riverfront gathering areas and recreation uses ●● Quality Commercial businesses ●● Afternoon/evening sunshine ●● Proximity to higher-income east side neighborhoods


Existing Challenges and Barriers:


●● Water main location along State Street ● ● Redevelopment of lot at East State and 2nd Streets requires transformer relocation


●● Low commercial rents impeding redevelopment ●● Changes to Illinois historic tax credit structure


● ● Inactive store fronts, including City Hall and the Chase Bank, inhibit pedestrian flow ●● Lack of parking management strategy ●● Limited access to River


● ● General perception of downtown as an unsafe neighborhood (applicable for all downtown areas) ●● Regulatory barriers to outdoor patios and seating


Rockford has preserved much of its historic building stock


Improved streetscaping and pedestrian infrastructure will help combat negative impressions of the City Center


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Phase 1 Focus Area


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