Tomorrow’s deadline looms for Essex Wire site cleanup; no progress made, says City


Tomorrow is the deadline for A.W. Bennett, the owner of the former Essex Wire site on N. Main, to complete the clean up of the debris.

In the event that A.W. Bennett fails to comply, the City of Rockford is planning to file a petition to have them held in contempt of court for failure or refusal to comply with the court’s order.

On July 24th, the owner, A.W. Bennett Enterprises, entered into a settlement with the City of Rockford to clean up the old WWII-era facility, located at 2816 N. Main Street, within 75 days.

On Wednesday, August 22nd, Judge Fabiano set one-week deadline for the cleanup to be completed.

The building is currently partly demolished, standing with shattered windows, rebar, trash, and concrete everywhere.

A.W. Bennett had agreed to pay $125,000 in fines accumulated since May of 2017.

No progress has been made on the property since last week.

Over 130 truckloads of debris have been removed from the property.

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