Village of Rockton Considering Constructing Downtown Hotel

Rockton officials discussing hiring a consultant for viability of a hotel.

ROCKTON - Village leaders in Rockton are considering hiring a consultant for a hotel feasibility study to see the viability of building a "boutique hotel" downtown.

Rockton officials were set to decide on whether to hire a consultant during their Village Board Meeting held on Monday and Tuesday.

According to Patricia Diduch, Planning and Development Administrator for the Village of Rockton, the hotel would be "ideally located somewhere in the downtown area." She says because of the growing wedding industry in the area, such as the Pavilion at Orchard Ridge Farms in Rockton and the DC Winery in South Beloit, Village officials think there might be a need for a small hotel.

Diduch says Rockton has had interested investors in the past.

Demolition of the old downtown Sonoco paper mill in Rockton was completed in 2015. The riverside lot has sat vacant ever since, and has been rumored as a possible location for a hotel in the past.

Still in early stages, Village officials say they're simply considering investing in a study to see if building a hotel is something that is worth pursuing.

Rockton was once home to the Wagon Wheel, a popular tourist hotel and resort situated on more than 300 acres. It drew in people from across the country from the 1940s through the 70s, but eventually fell into disrepair and was completely demolished in 2004.

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