Emanuel picks group to head Pilsen power plant redevelopment
04/25/2012 2:49 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has picked a team to organize efforts to clean up and reuse the sites of two coal-fired power plants in Pilsen and Little Village.
Just shy of two months after announcing the Fisk and Crawford plants’ impending closure in March, Emanuel’s team of leaders looks to be moving forward.
“Closing the Fisk and Crawford plants solves the immediate problem but is not a long-term solution,” Emanuel said in a statement. “We need to work together to determine the best use for this land, that will create jobs and economic opportunity in these communities. That is why I have convened this task force of thoughtful, community-focused people, so we can craft a plan for these sites that will benefit the neighborhoods and their residents.”
The team will be made up of community representatives from the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Pilsen Alliance and Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization. Also on the team will be reps from plant owner Midwest Generation, the Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council, the city’s Department of Housing and Economic Development, Commonwealth Edison, and aldermen Danny Solis and Rick Munoz.