All About 215 North Wyman
What do YOU want in YOUR leading-edge Library?
The Rockford Public Library is working with Architects, City Planners and Facilitators to design a leading-edge Public Library for our community, but We need YOU! We need your voice. We need your ideas! “Tell us what you want, what you really really want!
We’ve heard you! We’ve gathered all your suggestions and input and now want your help prioritizing our design focus and features! Please take this brief 10 question survey to let us know what YOU want in YOUR New Main Public Library.”
The Rockford Public Library is on the brink of an exciting new chapter in its 146 year history, but it begins with a location no one wanted at the time. The Rockford Public Library is on the brink of an exciting new chapter in its 146 year history, but it begins with a location no one wanted at the time. In 1901, county supervisors looking for a place to build Memorial Hall, declined a river front [...]
By the Editorial Board, Rockford Register Star. Rockford Public Library plan is one time we can have the best of both worlds. We can have beautiful green space along the Rock River in downtown Rockford, and we can have a world-class library. We can have a library that occupies [...]
It all started with a conversation I had with the National Library of Greece a couple weeks ago. As they shared with me their plans for constructing a massive new National Library, a beautiful facility they hope to open next year, they started asking my thoughts on how to “future proof” [...]
Why do we have to build a new Main Library?
ComEd has conducted an environmental investigation at the site of a former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) at 215 N. Wyman Street, in Rockford, Illinois, on the grounds of our former Rockford Public Library. The purposes of ComEd’s investigation was to determine if residues remain from the former MGP operations. The work was conducted in cooperation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) as part of the Site Remediation Program. The investigation detected the presence of MGP residues in the soil and groundwater.
Why is the property contaminated?
Prior to the advent of natural gas service, manufactured gas or “Town Gas” was produced locally to provide fuel for lighting, cooking, and heating. One common byproduct of the manufactured gas process was tar, which was often stored in underground plant structures. Gas manufacturing became obsolete as a system of pipelines was established in the Midwest to allow for the widespread use of natural gas.