River District receives grant to improve lighting

River District Association has announced it will receive a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois (CFNIL) to support a lighting project that is funded in part by the Community Needs Fund of the CFNIL.

CFNIL President Gloria Lundin presented a check to the River District Association at its monthly board of directors meeting Thursday, Dec. 14.

The year-round lighting project will be in the 100 block of the South Main Mall, and will feature the beauty and architecture of some of the buildings in that block, such as the Stewart Square, Chick Hotel and Trust buildings. Permanent lights will be attached at the top of the first floor level, and will be projected upward, enhancing the visibility of the buildings and making it brighter in the area at night.

The purpose of this project is to provide heightened awareness of the beauty and architecture of the buildings, a sense of safety to visitors in the area, and a feeling of community pride because there is a rich historical legacy with these buildings. Additional areas will be targeted in the future, as more funding becomes available.

Total cost of the project is expected to exceed $30,000. Additional funding is provided by Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau ($10,000) and the City of Rockford ($9,800).

CFNIL, founded in 1953, is a public charity that grows and manages charitable assets for distribution to nonprofit organizations and programs serving the northern Illinois region. The Foundation evaluates and helps coordinate needs with services, so charitable gifts are used effectively to address our community’s most critical needs. Since 2000, the Community Foundation has given more than $30 million in grants to charitable community projects and organizations.

The mission of River District Association is to promote a growing, thriving, prosperous business and residential community in Rockford’s downtown neighborhood, River District.

From the Dec. 20-26, 2006, issue

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