Rockford gets $1 million award from Illinois EPA

May 11, 2012

Associated Press

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is giving $1 million to Rockford to help fund the removal of contaminated soil in the city's downtown.

City officials say the clean-up will help Rockford move forward with plans to expand a park and build a new Amtrak station downtown.

Officials say the state grant will be used at the site of a former rail depot and another structure that were demolished last year and the Tapco building, which is slated for demolition after sitting empty for nearly two decades.

The project will include digging up and hauling away 2,500 loads of dirt.

The grant is part of a state program designed to encourage communities to redevelop brownfield sites as part of efforts to improve their local economies.