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Strategic Recommendations Action Items By District


District


Redevelopment Strategy


Recreation District


Connect Rockford residents to the waterfront by creating an active recreation district


Museum District


Efforts in the Museum District are focused on improving the public space and properties in and around the facilities to evolve the area from a single-use museum area to a more balanced mixed-use district.


Education and Innovation District


Attract large educational and corporate users to locate in the abandoned industrial facilities


Riverfront West


Improve access to the riverfront and connections between Main Street and the riverfront


Initiatives


●● Develop sports facilities in the district and reinforce connections to the Rock River ●● Create partnerships with groups to program activities in the district ●● Extend riverwalk to the North and South ●● Create liner buildings along the parking lot


●● Develop food & beverage amenities inside the District that serve an unmet customer demand ●● Program and activate Wester Park


● ● Remove parking in front of the Museum of Art and create active park and develop a parking sharing program with users on the west side of North Main Street ●● Convert some parking between the Discovery Center and Armory to public space ●● Redevelop the Armory as complementary cultural/educational facility


●● Recruit anchor user(s) for the district


● ● Develop a local business incubation center that develops and shares best practices with local entrepreneurs


● ● Focus investment on key access points and continually evaluate infill opportunities sites for programming and development


●● Pursue opportunities to activate the riverfront with activities and recreation ●● Collaborate with Rockford organizations to program the riverfront with events and rituals


●● Develop a conceptual plan for the future Amtrak Train station and adjacent properties South Main District


Create neighborhood- serving commercial cluster and leverage Amtrak Station development


● ● Focus efforts around existing Commercial buildings around the intersection of Morgan Street and South Main Street. Program Commercial uses targeted at West Side residents


● ● Focus investment on key access points and pursue opportunities to animate the riverfront with activities and recreation ●● Create and extend a riverfront bike trail along the Rock River


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