River District plans new study

River District plans new study


The River District Association, in cooperation with the City of Rockford, the Rockford Park District and other partners, is announcing plans for a new study of the River District area.

The objective of the Framework Plan Study is to identify opportunities that could be envisioned in a more detailed master plan.

The study will include an overview of existing conditions in the River District area and a conceptual plan with recommendations for public and private sector improvements.

The opportunities will include: entertainment and cultural areas; potential open space for public use or recreation; landscaping/riverfront improvements; potential development in residential, commercial and retail areas; building facade enhancements/renovations; general traffic and roadway improvements; and lighting and signage changes.

According to Rockford Mayor Doug Scott, “Recent success and new investment in the River District make this the right time to begin a new study of the area’s potential. This new project will build on other studies done of the downtown area in the past.”

The study is an initiative of the River District Association adds, “The Framework Plan Study is a culmination of the River District Association’s efforts to study successful downtown centers. We have done our research by making site visits to prosperous downtown city centers, meeting with urban planning professionals and receiving input from our downtown constituents and stakeholders. The completion of this study will assist in creating the growing, prosperous and thriving downtown that we strive for.”

Plans call for a request for proposals to be issued this month, selection of a consultant within 60 days and a completion of the study in December.

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