Chicago unveils plans for closed coal plant sites

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CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced redevelopment proposals for the sites of two coal-fired power plants that were shut down last month on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

After decades of concerns about their health and environmental impacts, Emanuel helped broker a deal in February for Midwest Generation to close the Fisk and Crawford plants in the Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods.

A task force set up by the mayor came up with about a dozen short-term recommendations for the sites, which were announced Saturday. They include demolition of the plants’ buildings, construction of light industrial sites, marketing the land to developers, and suggestions for commercial and retail development.

Emanuel also announced an $8 million plan to build a park on the site of former asphalt factory in Little Village.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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