More downtown destruction

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The old Lincoln Hotel on Church Street between the Hotel Lafayette (left) and the Winnebago County Satellite Jail (right) became the latest victim of downtown demolition Feb. 21. Work crews shown in the photo finally arrived with barriers to block pedestrian and vehicle traffic after a portion of the building had already been torn down. Dust and debris had been spilling over into one lane of traffic.

The Lincoln Hotel was owned by the City of Rockford. John Strandin, communications coordinator for the City, said there are no plans for the lot, although he said it might be converted into a parking lot, which would mean the city would no longer be able to collect tax dollars on the property.

Ironically, the building was torn down on Presidents’ Day, which celebrates the birthdays of presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, after whom the hotel was named.

The loss of the Lincoln Hotel comes just a few months after the Ing Skating Rink and the old D.J. Stewart garage were demolished. Those lots will also be used for parking. The city also plans to tear down the old Leisure Tyme building and the North Main Tavern at the corner of North Main and Auburn streets as part of the city’s roundabout plan, and the future of the old Rockford Rescue Mission building on Madison Street remains unknown.

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