Demo ‘officially over’

by BETH ALTENA

According to City Manager Michael Young, as of Thursday, Nov. 4, the Wolverine Tannery demolition of significant structures was “officially over” with the exception of the wastewater treatment plant and existing shoe store. The existing shoe store will remain and open for business until the new shoe and apparel store at the southern end of the property is ready to open.

Over the next several weeks, contractors will remove remaining rubble and debris and bring in fill to raise the site. The focus is now on cleanup and redevelopment of the property, Young stated.

The summer-long demolition of the Wolverine World Wide tannery has been a historic event that has also been interesting to watch. On Thursday, Nov. 4, visitors to Rockford sat next to Rum Creek to watch the action. Pictured is Amanda Kole, Tyler Kole, 3, Riley Kole and April Laisure. According to Amanda, Tyler has been amazed by the process, and they often sit and watch the old buildings come down. “He talks about it all the time at home,” Riley said.


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