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Madison Street


An education and innovation anchor in the Ingersoll building or Watch Factory will create the opportunity for other education and innovation uses in this district. Te Rockford Design Center is envisioned to bring the process of urban planning, civic revitalization, and architecture to an open, public setting. Educational initiatives in collaboration with public and private schools would bring children and teens to the space to learn about how places are designed. Run as a partnership between a collaborative potentially including the City of Rockford, RMAP, Rockford College, and Judson University, the center would facilitate the development, sharing and implementation of best practices in Rockford and other cities. Te storefront location would leverage the increased pedestrian traffic in the area by creating education displays that will draw passersby and members of the public into the space to learn more about the improvements being made to their community.


New residents, education and innovation concepts, and the renewed vitality of East State Street and the Recreation District will help attract creative commercial tenants to the district. A small selection of professional-services firms (e.g. lawyers, doctors, accountants) and creative businesses (e.g. advertising agencies, design firms, architects) will occupy space along Madison Street. Redevelopment of buildings to house these concepts will improve the quality of the street while the owners and employees of these firms will provide more patrons for the businesses along State Street and surrounding area. Te increased pedestrian traffic will make the area feel more safe and inviting.


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An educational facility in the Ingersoll building will anchor the southern end of Madison Street


Madison Street has many opportunities for adaptive reuse of public (orange) and private (yellow) lands


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Phase 1 Focus Area


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