City council approves new Rosecrance facility

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

Alderman gave Rosecrance the green light to move into its new downtown facility at the Monday, Feb. 10, meeting of the Rockford City Council.

The building, at 605 Mulberry St., will provide more beds for mental health patients and house the triage facility that is now in the Ware Center at 526 W. State St.

“I’m very pleased to see that (the building) will be purchased and it will be occupied and it will be used for individuals in our community that need the assistance,” Ald. Linda McNeely, D-13, said.

The building, last occupied by a plasma center, is in the 13th Ward, near the downtown bus station.

The building at 526 W. State St., the former Janet Wattles Center, has been purchased by the county and will house the new coroner’s office. Rosecrance has until Nov. 1 to vacate the building.

In other business, the council agreed to spend $80,000 to install dozens of signs in the four downtown public parking garages to alert motorists of vacant and full spots. Lighted signs will direct drivers to vacant spots when lots are full.

Signs are expected to be installed within the next two months.

The Rockford City Council meets every Monday at 6 p.m.

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