ROCKFORD, Mich. (WOOD) — The Rockford City Council approved a controversial development plan Monday evening.
The proposal was approved in a 4-1 vote. Under it, 51 condominium units will be built in the 200 block of North Monroe Street.
The property on which the condos will be built has been deemed contaminated and unsafe. Developers will have to clean it up before they build and are seeking tax incentives for the project.
City Hall was packed with about 100 people Monday night as residents lined up to share their opinions about the development. One council member said the crowd was the largest at a meeting in years.
Many of the people who spoke were opponents, who said the development will ruin the area’s small-town charm and increase traffic.
“This changes everything, ’cause all the traffic now, for the lack of planning, goes onto North Monroe Street where we have Pederson Funeral Home, we have the Community Cabin, we have Parkside Elementary school, and we have great influxes back and forth of traffic,” one opponent said.
But proponents said the development fills a need.
“We have studied the efficacy of these different housing styles and the demands that they have and we feel very confident that they a re going to full a need in our community. I would urge you to pass this motion and prove the economic viability of Rockford,” a realtor involved in the project told the council.
It’s not yet known when construction will begin.