Freeport hopes to transform a hazardous waste site into a recreational path.
The city officially began the demolition and environmental cleanup of a two acre factory property on the east side Wednesday morning. Some of the buildings were used for kerosene lamp manufacturing, automobile repair, and metal plating. Mayor Jim Gitz said he’s looking forward to removing the contamination left behind to improve the community going forward.
“There’s a lot of things that we can do to improve the quality of life,” said Gitz. “But, also to make this an asset, a jewel if you will, to the people of Freeport in the future.”
That jewel will be a recreational path called the, “Pecatonica Prairie Trail.” The property is situated in a floodplain. Freeport secured federal grants to help make the cleanup possible.