What’s next for Fisk and Crawford coal plants

May 3, 2012

Jewell Washington

A Chicago alderman said Fisk and Crawford coal power plants on the South Side closing sooner than expected is good news.

Midwest Generation announced Wednesday that the plants are now scheduled to close in September.

Ald. Danny Solis (22nd) serves on a task force and hopes to make the area more environmentally-friendly.

"Maybe an arts district where artists could be there and revenue could be produced...the area could be cleaned up especially along the river," he said Thursday.

Midwest Generation spokesman Charlie Parnell said at least 175 plant workers will lose their jobs. He added that union workers will be able to transition into other Midwest Generation facility jobs, based on seniority. Parnell said the company is collaborating with the task force and is open to green business ideas.

Solis said he wants public input on exactly what to do with the land.