Amerock sale complete, construction officially underway - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

Amerock sale complete, construction officially underway

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

The first phase of construction at the soon-to-be Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center is officially underway, as Gorman & Company, Inc. and the City of Rockford closed on the building Thursday.

The $87.5 million development will transform the vacant Amerock building into a 160-room hotel and conference center.  

City officials tell 13 WREX that some construction has just started and it will steadily increase in the coming weeks and months.

In a news release sent Thursday, the city says the development project is expected to create nearly 600 construction and permanent jobs.

The city says a groundbreaking is planned for the first quarter of 2018.

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