County approves ‘Project Strange Duck’
By Jim Hagerty
The measure introduced to the Winnebago County Board as “Project Strange Duck” was approved Thursday, Sept. 4, making way for a county gift to renovate an aging parking lot.
According to terms of “Project Strange Duck,” the county plans to give First Rockford Group $150,000 to repair the parking lot of the old K’s Merchandise, at Mulford Road and East State Street.
The board voted for the plan, calling it “infrastructure improvement,” because First Rockford Group has promised to turn the former retail building into a call center and bring 500 jobs to the county. The building has been vacant since 2007, when K’s Merchandise closed all 17 of its stores.
The Rock River Times will have more on this story as it develops.