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Rockford approves new City Market footprint that will close parts of State Street | Top Stories

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 19, 2022

ROCKFORD (WREX) – The controversy over City Market’s 2022 footprint came to an end at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The aldermen voted 10 to 2 in favor of approving the adjusted footprint from last Monday’s meeting. The past footprint closes State Street between Wyman Street and Madison Street.

For a visual of the original and modified City Market maps, click on HERE.

The closing of State Street is what dozens of downtown business owners have rallied against. 510 Threads owner Sandi Kohn says she understands shutting down for a day or two for parades and Stroll on State, but the 20-week commitment is something she doesn’t support.

“It’s a bit of a stretch,” Kohn said. “It’s just a long period of time. Sometimes the streets are empty in general because I think as a lot of people go to the market, there are a lot of people who just don’t want to come here and do business on Friday because it’s so busy a lot of closed roads here.”

However, after two hours of discussion, the aldermen felt they had reached a compromise last week by opening up Madison Street and moving the barricades on State Street back one block.

Rock River Development Partnership chairman Peter Provenzano said the dispute between the companies and City Market was difficult, he thinks it shows the transformation of downtown over the past decade into a place people care about. .

“I don’t want to think of it as both sides because everyone cares about downtown and wants to see downtown being a vibrant place,” Provenzano said.

Kohn says that while she doesn’t like the decision council, she will continue to work with the market and appreciates the attention it has brought to downtown over the years.

“It kinda woke us all up a bit in some ways about how we can create a robust and exciting downtown on Friday night, but again, we really want that to happen with the traffic patterns,” Kohn said. .

The City Market officially starts on Friday, May 20.