Economic development partnership
director Rob Orr introduced representatives from Civil and
Environmental Consultants Inc. who explained the process of
restoring these properties.
The state of Illinois has made it
possible for municipalities to work with private property owners to
reclaim properties, using a 70-30 grant program. Illinois pays 70
percent of the cleanup costs, and the municipality and property
owner cover the remaining 30 percent. The municipality keeps track
of their expenses for their "in-kind services" provided during the
project, and if that doesn't meet 30 percent, the property owner
makes up the difference.
of weeks ago committee chairman Derrick Crane set out to "get the
ball rolling" so the grant process could get started. He laid out
- Choose a grant writer.
- Come up with a list of sites.
Grant writing is offered by
engineering companies that plan the project and oversee the labor.
Most companies don't charge a fee unless another company is chosen
for the later portion of the project.
companies were considered at Monday night's meeting. The council
agreed to contract Randolph and Associates of Peoria to write the
first brownfield grant, for the following reasons:
- The city has worked with them
- They were pleased with Randolph's
- Randolph is closest.
- And they have experience with
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A list of potential properties was
also reviewed. It was decided to choose just one that looks simple
and see how that goes.
Alderman Patrick Madigan thought
that the property at 600 Pulaski St. would make a good "benchmark"
property and a safe place to start.
The owner's plans are to develop it
for a parking lot after cleanup. It will bring some relief to
downtown parking issues near the courthouse. Jim Drew from the Farm
Bureau was present to represent that property. He said it offers
relief from an eyesore, downtown parking and a clean property for
The council approved that property.
Property owners are kept apprised of
costs as the project proceeds and may stop the process at any given
properties were identified as potential future prospects:
- 1600 S. Fifth St.
- 1220, 1210 Fifth St. (former Al's
- 603 N. Kickapoo
- 1030 Woodlawn Road and Postville
- 103 S. Logan St.
- 619 Keokuk
The owners may contact Alderman
Derrick Crane if interested.