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Cliffbreakers says renovations in final stages

ROCKFORD — The banquet and meeting facilities at the Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel and Conference Center are open for business again.

The 30,000 square feet of events space was renovated as part of a $2.5 million overhaul of the complex along the Rock River in the north end of Rockford. The facility’s management group said it was already accepting reservations for 2018.

“We have been highly intentional in our planning and renovation process to maintain the facility’s elegance, while also taking our vision into an exciting new era,” said Cliffbreakers’ general manager Andy Bridwell. “From our color choices in paint and carpeting to refining our décor, we have made it easy to make the event spaces your own.”

Upgrades to the facility’s 84 hotel rooms are still on track to be completed in the second quarter of 2018, Birdwell added.

Redevelopment of Cliffbreakers started in June 2017 and has been paid for by a city-backed HUD Section 108 loan in the amount of $3 million. When complete, the hotel will be renamed as it becomes part of the Ascend Hotel Collection run by the Maryland-based Choice Hotels group. R.

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