ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted the City of Rockford $300,000 to clean abandoned commercial properties containing hazardous pollutants.
The Brownfield sites (meaning land that was previously used for commercial or industrial business and may be contaminated) will be redeveloped.
Among the properties slated to be cleaned up is the former Barber Colman Village. It’s the latest step in it’s transformation into an advanced technology center for Rock Valley College. The City of Rockford, Winnebago County, RVC, and others have already pledged $19 million to the project.
City leaders hope the project creates jobs and drives economic growth.