Convention Center Study

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Downtown Rockford won't be home to a new convention center if city leaders follow the recommendations of a study, not released yet to the public.

A Chicago consulting firm studied whether the vacant Ingersoll plant along the Rockford River should be converted into a convention center. The city bought the building for two million dollars last year.

According to city leaders who have reviewed the document, consultants conclude that it would cost too much to renovate the Ingersoll building. They say the sight is not easily accessible or visible and East State Street would be a better location. The study comes as a blow to efforts to revitalize the river district.

Ch Johnson Inc., the company the conducted the study says it would cost about $58 million to build a convention center suitable for Rockford.