Rockford Area Historical Society Building Committee

Nonprofits invited to throw in proposal for former court building

October 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

The City of Rockford will take proposals for a public use for the former 63rd District Court building, which is located across the parking lot from City Hall in downtown Rockford. “The county would like to have some sort of public use,” said City Manager Michael Young. “If it’s used for commercial, they want to split the rent.” The discussion at Rockford City Council’s regular board meeting on Monday, Oct. 11 was a step toward a new use for the court building after a long legal battle to bring full court services back to Rockford. According to Young, the Rockford Area Historical Society Building Committee is interested in the location as home to the society, currently located in the former Power building at the dam. “The full board is very interested in that becoming their new museum,” Young said. He noted that at one time the museum was looking at a substantial expansion at their current location, including adding water and restrooms, which are not now available in the structure. Currently volunteers walk over to use the public restroom at the Welcome Center. “Now would be a good time to entertain proposals for public or nonprofit use or if there is a need the City of Rockford has,” Young said to the council members. He said the building would double the amount of space the Historical Society has, is handicapped accessible, and has better security than the current facilities. Council member and Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Jazwiec asked if the building was also large enough to house the Rockford Area Arts Commission (RAAC) along with the Historical Society. “Both organizations don’t believe it is large enough,” Young said. He noted that the Arts Commission is hoping to find a facility where performances could be held, and added that there are offices available along the west wall of the building and one could be used for an office for the RAAC. Councilwoman Mary Eadie suggested giving area nonprofit organizations until the end of the year to provide the City with proposals for use of the building. Rockford City Hall is located at 7 S. Monroe, Rockford, MI 49341. Also on the evening’s agenda was an audit report from Peter Heafner of Vredeveld and Heafner, who annually audit […]