Business Offices and Entrepreneurial Space

Businesses and EntrepreneursBusiness Offices and Entrepreneurial Fabrication Space is available to suit a wide range of business types and operations.  Several companies are already finding Rawleigh to be an affordable and unique environment for business.

The Rawleigh buildings were originally constructed for office, warehousing, assembly and manufacturing operations. These concrete and steel structures have wide open floors with exposed brick walls and extensive natural light that can be divided and finished in any number of configurations ranging from as little as 500 sq. ft. to more than 17,000 sq. ft. In addition, multi-floor occupancies can easily be accommodated through the addition of new internal stairs. All floors of both buildings will be served by both freight and passenger elevators, and each building will have a ground level loading dock. All site environmental issues have been fully addressed and the first two floors of both buildings have been cleared of all asbestos and lead paint.

Thriving communities need entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs need affordable space in which to innovate and collaborate. More and more, these businesses are turning away from architecturally sterile spaces in favor of diverse environments that have a history and tell that story. Rawleigh provides this unique vibe in an affordable, historic setting with one-of-a-kind details that are sure to both inspire and showcase the past and present of great American ingenuity. As the future location of an Amtrak station, businesses and entrepreneurs locating at the site will have immediate access to a rail line connecting them to major markets and employment centers like downtown Chicago and O’Hare Airport, Rockford and Dubuque. This means access to top talent and business without the cost of big-city office space.

  • The Rawleigh Office Building (Building A) has a Class A office tenant on the main floor and 14,500 sq. ft. of space immediately available on the upper floor that can be finished into one or more Class A or B office spaces.
  • The City has negotiated the sale of Building D, the southeastern most building in the Rawleigh complex, to a local private party who has secured initial tenants for the first two floors and is seeking a variety of office, commercial and light industrial uses for the remaining four floors.
  • Full architectural and engineering plans for Building E will be developed in 2015, which the City will use to secure funding for renovation and installation of basic systems throughout the structure and the buildout of the ground floor to serve as an Amtrak train station and multimodal center.
  • The City is currently seeking short and long term uses for Building B and following a plan for a floor-by-floor reoccupation of the building as tenants are identified.