What is a Brownfield? A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.  A 2012 County-wide inventory identified approximately 950 brownfield properties within the City of Rockford.  The City recognizes that clean-up and redevelopment of these underutilized and potentially contaminated properties is a key component in improving multiple variables that contribute to economic growth and blight reduction. The City of Rockford has been very successful in applying for and using Federal and State Brownfields Grant Funds dating back to 2000, when the City was selected as one of the original United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Pilot Programs.  Over the years the grant funds have been utilized to assess and clean-up environmental hazards present on several valuable redevelopment sites in the community, including:

USEPA Grant Application Process

On December 22, 2016 the City of Rockford applied for an USEPA Brownfields Assessment Grant for hazardous substance and petroleum as well as three Cleanup Grants.  Only one of these grant applications was approved:  The Cleanup grant for 134 N. Main Street.  This Cleanup Project will begin in the fall of 2017.

The City was awarded a $175,000 Cleanup Grant for 134 N. Main Street for asbestos and lead based paint removal.  A formal cooperative agreement application process is now underway for this project.  Part of this process is the Public Hearing and Public Comment Period.  A Public Hearing will be held on July 17, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. in Rockford City Council Chambers.  Below are several reports comprising the Administrative Record for this project.  These Administrative Record Reports are also available for review at the following locations:  Community and Economic Development Department 2nd floor of City Hall, Montague Branch Library and the Main Library.

Administrative Record Title Page

Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives

2017 Community Involvement Plan

Public Hearing Notice

Work Plan – Hazardous Substances – FY 2018

The City of Rockford will soon apply for two Cleanup Grants and an Assessment Grant.  These grant applications are due November 16, 2017.  The following are links to the initial Cleanup Grant drafts.

128 Kishwaukee Street

Rockford Watch Factory

Rockford Watch Factory; including Draft Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives.

Rockford Watch Factory Narrative

128 Kishwaukee Street; including Draft Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives

128 Kishwaukee Narrative

128 Kishwaukee Threshold

Public Meeting: Current Cleanup Grant Application Projects:  A Public Meeting will be held Monday, November 6, 2017 at City Hall, 2nd Floor at 4:00 p.m. and a resolution to provide the local match for these grants will be heard November 6, 2017 by City Council.

Brownfield Cleanup Projects Underway

Indoor Sports Center on South Water Street; South Main Rail Yards Depot site and Lorden/ Eclipse site: This Public Hearing was conducted October 14th, 2014 and the Public Comment period closed November 3rd, 2014.  The Draft Action memo for the Indoor Sports Center has been added to the Administrative Record.  The Indoor Sports Center, now known as the UW Health Sports Factory, opened in early June 2016.

Ingersoll Sports Center:  This is a $24 million project that includes the adaptive reuse of the 77,000 square foot former Ingersoll Assembly Plant.  The Indoor Sports Center has been named “UW Health Sports Factory” and construction was completed during May of 2016. UW Health Sports Factory: A Rockford Success Story – presented at the Brownfield’s workshop sponsored by the Illinois EPA on August 31, 2016 in Springfield, IL

Lorden/Eclipse Depot Sites:  This is a soil cleanup project on two adjacent 5 acre sites.  This project is complete.

Rockford Watch Factory: Asbestos Removal

An “Administrative Record” providing information about this environmental cleanup project can be reviewed at the following locations:

1) City Hall 2nd floor Community and Economic Development Department

2) Rockford Public Library Main Branch, second floor and

3) Montague Branch Library – Main Floor.

The following is a brief overview of these projects:

Rockford Watch Factory

The environmental cleanup project is asbestos removal in the original structure.  This project is tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2017.

The following are links to the details of this project.  The asbestos survey is included.

Rockford Watch Factory Part 1

Rockford Watch Factory Part 2

Rockford Watch Factory Part 3

Rockford Watch Factory Part 4

Barber Colman (now known as Colman Village) Soil Cleanup:

The City Council has approved the final soil cleanup at Barber Colman using the supplemental revolving loan fund.  This project was further defined using confirmation sampling,and the final Remedial Action Plan has been submitted to the Illinois EPA.  This project is anticipated to be underway during May of 2018.

Barber Colman Information