Armory is now transformed into a wreck

July 23, 2014

Within five years, the Larry Morrissey administration has transformed one of Rockford’s most significant historic landmarks into a poster child for urban blight.

The Armory is now a moldy, raunchy, decaying hulk, thanks to gross neglect by the City of Rockford Public Works Department.

After every rain, water sits in stagnating puddles throughout the building.

They’ve long known that the roof was leaking badly, but chose to do nothing — not even a temporary patch or plastic tarps.

The interior is covered with mold and mildew. The 21,000-squar foot maple floor in the drill hall has warped, curled and rotted.

Frequent reminders and warnings to the supervisor that the Armory needed critical ventilation and roof drainage maintenance were met with a shrug and “let it rot” attitude.

When the city acquired the Armory, it became a handy, secure storage place for everything from dinosaur fossils and rocks to fake ice rinks and skid loaders. It was in daily use during the construction of the famous $8.5 million Riverwalk.

Since Rockford is chock full of vandals and thieves, secure storage will always be a pressing need, but now they’ve transformed the Armory into another pathetic Church School dump.

Sylvia Pagel
Winnebago, Ill.

From the July 23-29, 2014, issue

4 Comments

  1. Almost Retired

    July 23, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Another thank you to our worthless Mayor!!

  2. Magilla

    July 23, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    All part of my fast track plan to tear it down so I can make a boat load of taxpayer money off this decapitated POS. Soon it wont be in my way anymore and I’ll build luxurious loft apartments overlooking the river walk with store fronts cafe’s and specialty shop. you’ll see, me and my best friend from urban eq. got this one in the bank. you’ll never no. oh and if it fails no worries the city will for my loan and ill have made more money behind your backs than you can every imagine. Suckers!

  3. Andre Moreau

    July 25, 2014 at 6:58 am

    This is the history of Rockford. If it’s not a strip mall, church or bank it has no support in this city. Every time I pass the north end of the airport and see the two decaying crumbling stone gate posts, I think of Camp Grant. I would wager that 95% of Rockford residents no nothing about Camp Grant. The Command Post Restaurant is the only living memorial to a historic landmark. The City’s history means nothing anymore.

  4. Almost Retired

    July 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Rockford city leaders should take advice from Nashville and Franklin, TN. These cities are beautiful. Old abandoned bldgs are transformed into music venues, antique stores with cafes, stage theatres, etc. Everytime I come home to Rockford, I realize how dirty and ugly it is compared to other cities. Our city leaders don’t REALLY care about our town or they would do everything in their power to make it beautiful and economically profitable. Too much corruption here, I’m telling you.

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