Done Deal: Rockford City Council Approves Agreement on Old Amerock Building

By Christie Nicks

Published 04/07 2014 08:48PM

Updated 04/07 2014 10:12PM

ROCKFORD - City council approves a measure tonight to give a major makeover to the Amerock building in downtown Rockford.

The agreement passed overwhelmingly, 13-1. It allows Groman Company to transform the crumbling eyesore into a hotel and conference center.

"You know these are improvements that really need to happen, that are part of the infrastructure and needs of our  community," says Gary Anderson, President of The River District.  "What's  really great is that we're able to leverage 52 million dollars of private funds  to make something even more happen with those funds. There's not too many times  we have that opportunity."

The move will likely be voted on as an  ordinance next week.

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