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Doubts wisdom of building plan at Reliant site

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

I don’t know why I am writing this letter because Mayor Blanton of Rock Falls won’t even consider this opinion, but here goes anyway. 

Mayor Blanton and Sandy Henrekin, executive director of the Rock Falls Community Development Corp., have already hired architects to make plans for a 10,000-foot building on the former Reliant site. Is this really necessary?

According to SVM reporter Kiran Sood in the Dec. 17 Gazette: “If you stand in the middle of First Avenue and West Second Street, you would see that only one of the four storefronts is occupied.” She continues: “What a visual. Three out of four street corners empty.”

So, we are going to put up another building that will stand empty? Even if it is an apartment building, why would you ruin the view? We just got it (and the road) back. 

I’m not going to get into the fact that the city can’t even afford to repair our roads (only one was completely redone this year). Nor the fact that someone gave the state the right to put up those piles of broken concrete and other junk just off the expressway, which gives a horrible impression to new visitors to our area. 

I don’t think that putting up a building, which won’t be used, is a good use of our tax dollars. Perhaps someone could find out how Rochelle attracts new industry and businesses. Now, that I would be glad to pay for.

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