Demolition on the TAPCO building is set to begin Wednesday morning. Crews are already removing asbestos from the building. It won't be imploded, but rather just traditionally disassembled with a backhoe.
Funds to perform the demolition are coming from the state. Aldermen and residents are eager for the eyesore to be gone and ready for new development.
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Rockford's Third Ward Alderman Doug Mark said "you're starting to see some development you're starting to see some interest and when that comes positive things happen and so I think it's going to be great for not only the whole downtown south main area, but for the entire community and city of Rockford."
The property is zoned for commercial development. Alderman Mark says the removal will make room for downtown's new Amtrak Railway Station and possibly a casino.