Rockford city panel selects local contractor to build downtown sports complex
Rockford is one step closer to a downtown facility that, city leaders say, is unlike anything the area's ever seen. Millions of dollars could be given to one local company to make it possible.
The Ingersoll Downtown Sports Complex has gotten a lot of support so far from city aldermen. That was no different Monday night, in picking the potential contractor to create the facility.
Rockford-based company, Stenstrom, has been selected by a council committee. If approved by all 14 aldermen next week, Stenstrom will construct the in's and out's of the sports center at 301 S. Water Street. The sports center is projected to be completed by summer of 2016. Funding for the facility was approved by aldermen December 1st, 2014.
The city says it wants to keep the existing framework at the old Ingersoll building. Inside, there will be eight basketball and 16 volleyball courts. This complex is designed, not only for local teams to train and compete, but also as a draw for out-of-town teams, likely bringing their outside dollars with them. It's a $24 million undertaking overall; a mix of federal, state and local funds. Stenstrom would receive nearly $14 million of that.
"This is the first major contract that we'll award for Ingersoll. The other is for site development. Our city council is very excited about bringing this project forward," says City of Rockford Administrator Jim Ryan.
The future site development contract would cover aspects like landscaping and parking.