Historic downtown Rockford building up for sale

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A downtown Rockford landmark building is up for sale. What was once the first Rockford YMCA in 1889 is on the market.

Now known as the East Side Centre, the building sits at 220 E. State Street at the corner of East State and Madison Street, is currently home to several businesses and organizations, including V2 Marketing, Quiet Light Communications, and the administrative offices of the YMCA.

In 1906 th building was remodeled into the Merlin Block Office Building, then in 1909, it became the 60 room East Side Inn, until 1968.

The building was placed on the Rockford Historic Landmark registry in 1988 and underwent a $1.8 million renovation.

The current building owner has decided to put the building up for sale and hopes to find a buyer who appreciates its history and unique status as a downtown landmark. “When my partner and I purchased the building, we felt strongly that it was a building worth saving, renovating and maintaining,” said building owner Scott Eckburg. “The building is an important part of the revitalization of downtown with its distinctive and beautiful architecture. It’s a true gem and I’m proud to have played a role in bringing it back to life.”

Interested parties should contact Realtor Mike Eckburg at 779-772-6467

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