In Brief

Chicago to Build Training Campus for Police, Firefighters

CHICAGO (AP) — A $95 million public safety training campus is being planned to replace cramped and aging police and fire academies in Chicago.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported July 3 that the new, shared training academy will be in West Garfield Park.

Construction is expected to start in 2018 and could take up to three years. The academy will be built on about 30 acres (12 hectares) of vacant land.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office has said funding would be identified as the project progresses.

The police academy building being replaced is 41 years old. The fire academies are 67 and 52 years old.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says a new campus will allow the department to “reinvigorate” how officers are trained and help prepare them for “any scenario they may face.”


Work Starts on Final Phase of $300M Project Near Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Construction has started on the final phase of a $300 million commercial and residential development next to the University of Notre Dame campus.

This phase involves building a 164-room Embassy Suites hotel, which will have rooms facing the football stadium.

The South Bend Tribune reports the project also will have more than 400 apartments, 8,000 square feet of retail space and a grocery store. The developer says it will take about three years to finish construction.

The Eddy Street Commons already has hundreds of new apartments, condos and townhomes, along with retail and office space.

South Bend community investment director James Mueller says he doesn’t expect the new hotel will hurt downtown hotels.


Bridge Connecting to Missouri, Illinois to Be Replaced

PITTSFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An 89-year-old bridge that spans from Missouri to Illinois is expected to be replaced by fall 2019.

Missouri Department of Transportation Project Director Keith Killen tells the Quincy Daily Herald-Whig the new bridge replacing Champ Clark Bridge will have nearly 4-meter wide lanes with 3-meter shoulders. It’ll be elevated to avoid flooding issues.

The bridge will connect Pike County, Missouri, to Pike County, Illinois.

The project will cost about $68.2 million. The states will split the cost and apply a $10 million federal grant to the project.

Every day, about 4,000 vehicles cross the Champ Clark Bridge, which was built in 1928.

In recent years the bridge has been shut down due to maintenance issues. It often floods on Illinois’ side during periods of high water.


Lafayette Planning New $16 Million Baseball Stadium

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana city is planning to demolish its 77-year-old baseball field and replace it with a new $16 million stadium.

Lafayette officials say the project will bring a new amenity to the community that can also host soccer games, outdoor concerts and other events.

The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier reports the new stadium will have seating for about 2,000 people, with grassy areas along the first- and third-base sides able to accommodate more people.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says project funding will come from the city’s existing economic development income tax.

The current Loeb Stadium is home to the Lafayette Aviators of the amateur Prospect League. Demolition is planned in the fall of 2019, with construction expected to take about a year.


Steel Dynamics Plans $75M Project at Fort Wayne-Area Plant

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (AP) — Steel Dynamics says it will spend at least $75 million on upgrading and expanding a northeastern Indiana plant.

The Fort Wayne-based company said its plans for the plant near Columbia City include new rolling equipment, storage buildings and road improvements. Construction is expected to be finished by the end of next year.

The company says the project will allow the plant to produce 240,000 tons of new steel products a year. The plans include adding about 30 jobs at the plant, which now has about 700 full-time workers.

Steel Dynamics executive Chris Gionti says the project at the plant about 10 miles west of Fort Wayne will help diversify the company’s production.


Cummins plans to spend $80M on renovation, rail overpass

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — Cummins Inc. says it plans to invest $50 million to renovate its Columbus headquarters and about $30 million more for a railroad overpass on a primary route into and out of the southern Indiana city’s downtown area.

The renovation of the headquarters will be its first since it was built in 1983. The improvements are expected to be completed in time for the engine producer’s 100th anniversary in 2019. It says the renovated building will incorporate art, additional meeting spaces and improved lighting.

The overpass will be built over CSX railroad tracks on State Road 46, the primary route downtown from the west. About 40,000 cars a day pass over the tracks. Cummins says the overpass is necessary because CSX plans to upgrade the tracks and increase traffic on them.


Fermi 2 Plant in Michigan Reports Higher Chlorine Release

FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — DTE Energy Co. says its Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in southeastern Michigan recently released a higher than normal amount of chlorine into Lake Erie.

The Monroe News reports the plant was required to notify the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of the release.

DTE spokesman John Austerberry says that during a 24-hour period starting at 12:30pm June 30, the plant released 77 pounds (35 kilograms) into the water, exceeding a the 10-pound (4.5-kg) daily limit. He says it had “no discernable impact on Lake Erie’s water quality.”

The plant uses chlorine to treat water. Austerberry says the problem was attributed to a pump problem that has since been repaired.

The Detroit-based utility’s plant is located along Lake Erie in Monroe County’s Frenchtown Township.


Construction Starts on Consumers Energy Wind Turbine Project

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Construction of a new Consumers Energy wind turbine project is taking place in Michigan.

The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says it broke ground last week on Cross Winds Energy Park II in Tuscola County’s Columbia Township, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

Lead contractor White Construction started building access roads and was set to begin constructing concrete foundations for 19 turbines by mid-July, at press time. White Construction was the contractor for Consumers Energy’s Lake Winds Energy Park near Ludington.

Consumers Energy says construction on Park II is expected to be completed by year’s end, and it will go into commercial operation in January. The company has pushed up construction on Cross Winds Energy Park III to 2019 instead of 2022, with plans for commercial operation in 2020.


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