Comments, Questions & Answers
Answers were provided by Patricia M. Bryan of Roux Associates and John Said of West Chicago unless otherwise indicated.
Q & A and Follow-Up Comments:
- Q: Were the comments, questions & answers from last week’s meeting posted on the City’s website?
A: Yes, they were posted last week on the City’s website.
Follow-Up Comment: Discussion of the project and the USEPA cleanup grant program, understanding the process of applying for grants. Summary of last week’s meeting’s topics for those that were not able to attend.
- Q: When will West Chicago find out whether they will get a grant or not?
A: Probably in summer, possibly in June or July 2014.
Follow-Up Comment: West Chicago needs the grant to improve the downtown area.
Follow-Up Comment: Discussion on USEPA grants; how many projects are chosen; grants are very competitive and approximately 61 grants are anticipated to be issued in 2014.
- Q: What is happening with the historic home (Joel Wiant home at 151 W Washington Street)?
A: The WestChicagoCommunity Center will acquire the Wiant home from the City of West Chicago; the sales contract is currently under review. The WestChicagoCommunity Center hopes to turn the Wiant home into an office or meeting place, along with apartment(s) on the 2nd floor.
- Q: Is the total amount of funding from USEPA for brownfields assessments and cleanup increasing over time, staying about the same, or decreasing over time?
A: We will provide the previous award amounts. For FY2014, $14 million for cleanup grants and $40 million for assessment grants.
General Discussion Items:
- Discussion on how long it will take to clean up the property; possibly 3-5 years as was stated at last week’s meeting.
- Discussion about the West Chicago Library, located to the south of the West Washington Street Redevelopment Project.
- Discussion of West Chicago Metra station.
- Discussion of West Chicago Park District’s recreation center currently being built at Reed-Keppler Park.