Chicago mayor: Redevelop coal-plant sites

Chicago mayor promises redevelopment after coal-fired power plants close

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says planning will get under way soon on redeveloping the site of a coal-fired power plant that is closing at the end of the year.

Emanuel made the announcement Thursday when he and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the Fisk Generating Station in the southwest side neighborhood of Pilsen.

Midwest Generation last week agreed to close the plant after pressure from residents and city officials over pollution concerns. It also will close its Crawford Generating Station in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood by the end of 2014.

Emanuel says he wants the sites redeveloped to spur economic development and create jobs.

The Joyce Foundation and Sierra Club will fund the planning, and the Delta Institute will lead the process. Citizens will be included in an advisory group.

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