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Architects for district one police station approved

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The final pieces are coming together in a new strategy aimed at fighting crime in the Rockford region.

Rockford City Council approved the architects needed to design the final district building--district one.

They had been toying with different locations and finally agreed West State and Avon was the best location.

Rockford City Administrator, Jim Ryan, say this is an important step in the geo-policing initiative, but there is still work to be done.

"We think its going to be very stabilizing institutional anchor for west state street and that neighborhood," Ryan said.

The goal was to find a location to better fight crime but also help build a relationship between west side residents and police.

City officials believe they found it.

The district one police headquarters will sit on a nine acre plot of land along West State Street and Avon.

The project is expected to cost about $8.5 million.

Designs for all three are now being worked on.

But now its back to the question of the Public Safety Building.

The city co-owns the space with the county, but there are issues with the facility.

Aldermen, however, decided to stay put for the time being to save money on building or renovating temporary spaces.

But because they don't have full ownership, Ryan says staying there may be a bigger challenge.

"The county is working on their own challenges in terms of finding a space for the coroner's office. So how do you demolish the entire building or leave portions of it. it's hard to unwind an essential facility and that's what we have both been struggling with."

City officials estimate the district one building could take up to 18 months to complete.

The architects are currently mapping out a design plan.

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