The redeveloped Ziock Building will serve as the gateway to the south corridor of our downtown.  It will exude a fresh, positive image and significantly contribute to and complement the mission of other nearby in-place and emerging assets.

As a hotel and meeting space the Ziock Building will be a catalyst for enhanced appreciation and utilization of the river, of other historic architecture and major facilities including the multi-purpose arena (BMO Harris Bank Center); fully-restored 1920’s atmospheric theater for the performing arts (Coronado Theater); neighboring festival grounds (Davis Park); as well as the cultural corridor, governmental center and Downtown Sports Complex now underway.

The community views the primary potential for the Ziock Building to be mixed use featuring a lifestyle boutique or flagship hotel, upscale lofts, amenities for use by hotel guests and residential tenants, retail and commercial space and indoor parking.


1. Request for Information (RFI)  NOTE:  An RFI will not be forthcoming; it is preempted by an agreement between the City and Gorman & Company, Inc.

2. Reference Document (companion to the RFI)  (PDF) – 20 pages

3. Time Line for the RFI Response Process and Tentative Timeline for the Proposal Submittal Process for  selected  Developers/Development Teams  (PDF) – 1 page

4.  “Final Proposal Requirements” which will provide a preview of the required submittal for those Developers or Development Teams who are short-listed following their RFI submittal and  the City’s review process.  (PDF) – 7 pages

5. Prospectus  (PDF

6. Floor plans (PDF)Includes floor areas and a concept plan for boutique hotel and residential units, parking and amenities.  (3/28/3013) — Concept plan, hotel lobby and additional parking (new construction) (PDF).   Here are floor-by-floor photos of existing interior (MS-Word Doc).  Note:  Some floors are not shown; we’ll add them as available.    Also, here’s a link to what you might see if you lived in the building.  (Cityscape Views).  

7. Pro forma  (PDF) — Financial Model and Tax Credit Scenarios

8. Verification of River Edge Redevelopment Zone eligibility, City of Rockford. (PDF).

9. Boundaries of the RERZ (PDF).

10. Flood Insurance Rate Map (PDF).

11. Phase II Environmental Results (PDF).

12. Rockford Region Quick Reference Guide (PDF).



Recent Press Releases and Articles

Rockford City Council Approves Ziock Redevelopment Agreement

See RRStar Article  City Council Approves Ziock Redevelopment

How FOZ Saved the Ziock Building

See RRStar Article   FOZ Saves Ziock

Rockford Register Star Endorsement Prior to City Council Vote

See RRStar Article   Newspaper Endorses Redevelopment Vote

Rockford Register Star Editorial Following Council Approval

See editorial  Editorial, April 14, 2014

Raise the Roof — A progressive party through some of Rockford’s most historic buildings — was a HUGE success.  Proceeds  benefit a new roof (including HVAC) at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House.   Several people have asked for building histories and talking points that docents used during the tour.  We’ll be providing those materials here as soon as they are available in a form suitable for posting.

Event flyerGuest fact sheetParking Map.  Volunteer fact sheet.  Volunteer signup and liability release.

Congratulations to our friends at Prairie Street Brewhouse as their redevelopment kicks off.  (  (See also RRStar article, May 15, 2012.)

New Multi-Modal Station to serve Amtrak’s Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque

Redevelopment Framework and Phase I  Implementation Strategies or see the Rock River Development Partnership (RRDP) website

Rockford Aerospace Cluster, Site Selection, March, 2012

River’s Edge Redevelopment Zone work on tap, (RRStar), March 2012


Helpful Resources

Recent and Emerging Downtown Projects, May, 2016

Rockford Area Assets and Investments, June, 2016


River District

Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 

Rockford Area Economic Development Council