River District making plans

River District making plans

By At their October 18 meeting, River District members made some plans for changes they would like to see in Rockford.

At their October 18 meeting, River District members made some plans for changes they would like to see in Rockford.

Items discussed included new parking signs for the parking decks and the holiday lighting program. Also, the city is continuing to look into the “green line” problem following the St. Patrick’s Day parade. River District and the city will work together to coordinate planning efforts, including items like the West State Corridor study and the River District Comprehensive planning efforts. River District will invite Cindie Hall, of the city legal department, among others, to participate in their ad hoc committee on special event parking.

Finally, the group is formally requesting that the City of Rockford solicit bids to construct permanent illumined signs on the District’s parking decks. The River District’s position is that the taxpayers have paid millions to build these decks, and we must have adequate signs to drive customers to them.

River District would like to work with entities like Friends of the Coronado, MetroCentre and New American Theater, as well as other District retailers to assist in the design of these new signs.

Executive Director Kim Wheeler said, “We look forward to working with the city on these and other projects in the future.”

River District’s next board meeting is 4 p.m., Thursday at Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main Street.

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