Rock Valley College members clash on downtown Rockford expansion

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — A Rock Valley College board members calls into question the college expanding into Downtown Rockford.

RVC opted to move their new Advanced Technology Center inside the Register Star building, instead of the Barber Coleman Center.

Paul Gorski wrote an open letter challenging that decision due to its financial impact.

Gorski cites documents from September that the building is worth just over $1 million.

Rock Valley will be paying almost $4 million for the building.

Another board member claims the $1 million evaluation isn’t true.

“The county, I believe, valued the building at $2.5 million or $2.3 million or something like that the last time it was valued,” said RVC Chairman of the Board, Patrick Murphy. “We’re using fictitious numbers and considering them fact. And I just disagree with that.”

Board members say they’re waiting for structural analysis to be done on the building before the final evaluation is complete.

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