Brownfield Cleanup

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

It doesn't look like much right now, but that will soon change.

Three years ago, the city of South Beloit purchased eight-and-a-half acres of land at the intersection of Illinois Routes 2 and 75, an old foundry site.

"We tore down six buildings, built a new fire department. The soil was contaminated, the EPA gave us a $240,000 grant to clean up the property. The cleanup has to be done before we can market the property," says South Beloit Mayor Randy Krickikow.

The land should be clean within the next few months, and Mayor Krichikow says the city is now looking to buy a three-and-a-half-acre parcel of land directly to the north.

"We're in negotiations to buy property, tear buildings down, clean up soil, market it all as one big parcel," says Kirichkow.

Krickikow says six developers have already expressed interest in the property, and the mayor says he's envisioning a retail center on the land.

"We have Hwy 2 and Hwy 75. Each highway gets 20,000 vehicles-a-day traffic. The demand for a commercial/retail center at this corner will be very high," says Kirichkow.

It’s a big cleanup made possible by state grants that will soon reap big rewards for South Beloit.

Mayor Krickikow says the city bought the eight-and-a-half acres of land for $250,000. The city is hoping buy the other three acres within 60 days and have the entire parcel of land cleaned up by October.


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