A Rockford home on Whitman Street is no more. Crews demolished it Tuesday morning, but the demolition did run into a bit of a hiccup, part of the home collapsing onto the Whitman Street Bridge.
The house built in 1907 was nicknamed the ‘Hill House,’ named for previous owner Leroy Hill.
The house and land was bought by the owner of the Skyrise apartment complex, who wants to use it for extra parking spaces.
Apartment complex owner Michael Meglei says, “Right now we have like 70 parking spots and we have 170 units. so probably this will be enough for our residents of Skyrise.”
The home has been abandoned since Hill’s daughter passed away in 2015, and because it is oddly placed between the Whitman Street Bridge and the apartment complex, it made the demolition difficult.
In fact, if you watch the video, you’ll see part of the building collapse while we were doing the interview with Meglei. The demo crew rushed to sweep up and move all the debris, and a Rockford police officer came to help block off the area to make sure no one got hurt.
The home will no longer block the view of the Rock River for tenants. Maurice Gianesin says, “Rockford is full of abandoned buildings that need to be torn down because there are places for drug people to do drug deals late at night and there also places where homeless people go when it’s cold outside and then they start fires and the buildings burn to the ground.”