City to demolish downtown garage

The City of Rockford plans to demolish the Brown parking garage at the corner of Wyman, Chestnut and Main streets in downtown Rockford.

John Strandin, City of Rockford communications director, said the parking deck is deteriorating and needs to be demolished. “It’s a mess in there,” he said.

Strandin said the city plans to use the property, which is across the street from Davis Park, for parking, expanding the MetroCentre, expanding Davis Park, or accommodating any projects involving the Hanley Building or the Ingersoll Building.

The city purchased the property earlier this year for $600,000 through a state grant awarded in 2002. The parking deck was built in 1968 by Sjostrom & Sons for Illinois National Bank (now AMCORE Bank). Cost of the deck was $296,000.

Cost of demolition will not be known until bidding on the project begins. The city had planned to tear the garage down by Dec. 31, but funding was not available. Strandin said the parking deck will probably be torn down early in 2004. Notice of alternative parking for those who use the garage is needed 60 days before the garage is demolished.

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