A former salvage yard in Belvidere that many residents feel is currently an "eyesore" will soon be transformed into a place for pop-up shops and restaurants, festivals, live entertainment and more.

According to the Rockford Register Star;

CCSIP Properties of Garden Prairie is requesting a special use permit to convert a former salvage yard at 300 South Main Street into a container park.

Container parks are comprised of large metal shipping containers that have been retrofitted to house a variety of uses including retail, farmer’s markets and festivals.

“There will be a central pavilion, an entertainment stage area, restrooms and areas available for pop-up retail spaces including restaurants,” CCSIP Properties Executive Vice President Heather Steines said. “We anticipate the space will be used in a rental capacity as well as an extension of Belvidere’s festivals and any new events.”

The special use permit application will be discussed at the Belvidere City Council meeting on November 4, 2019, and will the new Container Park will be hopefully be open for business by the Spring of 2020.

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