McNamara says other parties interested in Barber-Colman campus, after RVC abandoned deal

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara says the City is moving on, two weeks after Rock Valley College pulled out of a deal to redevelop the former Barber-Colman factory.

RVC had planned to create its Advanced Technical Training Center at the site of the former campus in the 1200 block of Rock Street, but will now move the project into the Rockford Register Star building at 99 E. State Street.

The City and Winnebago County had agreed to pitch in $3.2 million, and both federal and state historic tax credits had been secured.

McNamara says other groups have already approached the city about using the site.

“Once they (Rock Valley College) decided to terminate the agreement, we’re going to work just as rapidly and just as hard as we were on the Barber Colman workforce development campus,” he said. “We’ll work just as hard to make sure that this site gets redeveloped. It’s an important site, like I said, to our entire community, and, specifically, the Southwest side.”

McNamara says the City’s next step is to determine what can go into the property.

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