Rockford City Market has quickly become one of the success stories of Downtown. The summer favorite has been so well received, organizers decided to create an indoor version to keep the success going year round.
Monday, the Code and Regulations Committee approved it’s liquor license.
“We’re in the final stages,” said Third Ward Alderman Chad Tuneberg.
Ten months after breaking ground, construction on Rockford’s future Indoor City Market continues. Walking by, the project may look far from finished, but Tuneberg says looks can be deceiving.
“It doesn’t look like there’s much on the outside,” said Tuneberg. “The inside has gone through a big transformation.”
Electric, plumbing and wall work has already been done inside. Market manager Cathy McDermott says windows, doors and tenant build outs are still left to complete.
“I think when you’re rehabbing an older building, there’s always a few challenges you have to work through,” said McDermott. “[There’s always] a few surprises you may find along the way or things that may take longer than you anticipated.”
Some of those challenges include getting historic approvals on anything that is changed to the surfaces or outside of the building.
“Because of those complex financial instruments, sometimes, there can be delays in projects such as this,” said Tuneberg. “But we’re in the home stretch right now.”
Multiple vendors have already signed up to be part of the market. Four of the main spaces will be home to permanent businesses.
“We have Crust and Crumbles Bakery, Ronit’s Kitchen and Quixotic Bakery are the three,” said McDermott.
The Indoor City Market will be open Tuesday through Saturday year round. Management says the venue will give local entrepreneurs another chance to expand past the outdoor market.
“Not just limited to 20 nights a year,” said McDermott. “There will be plenty of opportunity to grow their businesses at our markets.”
“It really gives them a market place,” said Tuneberg. “[It gives them] an environment to propel them forward to the next level within their business endeavor.”
Full council will vote on the market’s liquor license next week, the indoor venue is set to open in March.
Also at the Code and Regulations Committee, Aldermen approved the Vacant and Foreclosing Property Registry. It will also be up for vote at full council next Monday.