Old Building Gets New Life

By: Alice Barr
By: Alice Barr

Empty no more. The old Camco building on North Main Street welcomes two new tenants today.
The 80-year-old building in the heart of downtown is coming back to life with a vengence. After sitting empty for several years it's now drawing businesses downtown like never before.
The international company Watt Publishing, announced Thursday it will move in in June, brining a 10-year lease and 45 employees with plans to add many more.
The East Rockford-based company Mid-Northern Group also said today they'll move their headquarters here on Monday with a 5-year lease.
The developers JJ Partners and the Buckely Companies say they expect the eight-story building to draw in 200 professionals.
The first floor will be retail and commercial space with offices on up.
Mayor Larry Morrissey says 303 North Main represents progress throughout downtown.
"Well it's great to see a nine million dollar, plus investment happen in an old building in downtown Rockford. Bringing in literally hundreds of employees that will be coming down to this building. It's an important move for downtown Rockford, but really it's an important move for the entire city," says Mayor Morrissey.
The Mayor added a plug for the importance of passing a one percent sales tax increase in April so downtown development can continue.
JJ Partners and the Buckley Companies started construction one year ago. A representative from the Buckley Companies said they showed a floor of the building to yet another company Thursday. They expect the building to be at 70 percent occupancy by the end of June.


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