In Brief

Design Team Announced for Michael Reese Redevelopment

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says officials have chosen a team to redevelop the site where the Olympic Village was to be if the city had been awarded the 2016 games.

Emanuel announced June 2 that Farpoint Development, Draper & Kramer, Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, McLaurin Development Partners, and Bronzeville Community Development Partnership are among the leading firms.

The development is at the location of the former Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center. It closed in 2008.

He says the project will create 36,000 temporary and permanent jobs over 10 years. Final plans must be approved by the City Council and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Board.

The initial phase might have a logistics center for McCormick Place truck traffic with possible new exhibit or meeting space. Later phases will have more than 5 million square feet of technology-oriented commercial spaces with retail, homes and a hotel.

New Use Hoped for Polluted Closed Indiana Auto Parts Plant

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Officials say the pollution cleanup at a former auto parts factory in central Indiana is expected to leave the site ready for redevelopment.

The site in Noblesville has gone unused since Bridgestone Firestone closed its 300-worker air-spring manufacturing plant in 2009 and moved production to Mexico.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency project manager Michelle Kaysen tells The Indianapolis Star that removal of PCBs and other pollutants at the site could be finished in a couple years, but housing won’t be allowed there.

She says some 7,700 barrels of hazardous waste will remain buried on part of the property, while industrial and commercial uses will be allowed on the remainder.

Bridgestone America says it hasn’t been approached yet by any developers.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Gets $60 Million for Runway Work

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport is getting $60 million in federal funds for runway construction and other improvements.

The first grant of $40 million will help kick off the construction phase of Runway 9C/27C, including utilities and pavement work. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the $648.5 million runway is expected to open in 2020, with construction being completed in three phases.

The second grant of $20 million will reimburse the airport for projects associated with the construction of Runway 10C/28C, which was completed in 2013.

The money was announced in late May by the U.S. Department of Transportation as part of $527.8 million in grants to airports across the country. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program funds an array of airport infrastructure work.

Canadian Pacific, Tollway Deadlocked Over Land for Road

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Surface Transportation Board wants a mediator to resolve a dispute between the Illinois Tollway and a railroad over property sought for a new road near Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports that to build I-490, the tollway wants to construct bridges over Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks near Bensenville and acquire part of its rail yard.

Railroad officials argue CP can’t give up “critical and irreplaceable” property it needs for freight trains. They contend construction would shut down the mainline track for about two weeks.

The argument revolves around the tollway’s rights to condemn property versus constitutional protections for interstate commerce.

The Surface Transportation Board, which got involved after negotiations faltered, asked both sides to respond by June 15 whether they’ll accept mediation.

Metra to Repair, Replace Bridges, Build New Station

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s suburban commuter rail service will spend more than $48 million to replace or repair several bridges and rebuild a station on the city’s North Side.

Metra says in a news release its board of directors approved three contracts with area construction companies — two for the bridge work and one for the station.

Some of the bridges will be replaced because they’re more than a century old and it does not make economic sense to keep repairing them. Others will be repaired. A third contract will be to build a new inbound half of the Ravenswood Station.

The projects are part of Metra’s 2017 construction program that includes $216 million in improvements to 29 stations, 21 bridges, 29 road crossings and the replacement of 57,000 railroad ties.

Iowa Plaza Honoring First Responders to Begin Construction

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Work will begin this summer on a plaza in western Iowa honoring law enforcement officers and firefighters.

The Daily Nonpareil reports that preliminary construction of the plaza in Council Bluffs is scheduled to begin June 17.

Council Bluffs residents Lloyd Marsh and Ron Mahoney thought of the idea for the plaza a few months after the fatal shooting of Omaha, Nebraska, officer and Council Bluffs resident Kerrie Orozco on May 20, 2015.

Mahoney and his wife, Suzanne, commissioned Omaha sculptor John Lajba to create four bronze statues for the plaza. They’ll include a male firefighter assisting an injured child, a female deputy sheriff, a male police officer with a K9 police dog and a male state trooper.

Orozco was killed when Marcus Wheeler shot at officers who were trying to arrest him. Wheeler was killed by another officer.

Work Starting This Summer on Fort Wayne Riverfront Project

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Construction is set to start this summer on a riverfront development project in downtown Fort Wayne.

The City Council has approved $17 million in contracts for the first phase of the project along the banks of the St. Mary’s River. Those contracts include demolition, excavation and building a concrete dock wall, tree canopy trail and children’s playground.

Construction work is expected to take about 18 months to complete. City parks director Al Moll says future phases will include extending a planned promenade and the tree canopy trail. Future phases will also focus on making property near the riverbank more attractive to private development, including shops, restaurants and housing.

Canadian Company Still Wants to Bury Waste Near Lake Huron

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian company is standing by its proposal to store waste from nuclear power plants underground less than a mile from Lake Huron.

Ontario Power Generation has submitted a 145-page document with answers to questions raised by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

Most of them involved whether there’s a better place to put the low- and intermediate-level radioactive waste. The company wants to bury it 2,230 feet deep at the Bruce Power complex near Kincardine, Ontario.

More than 200 communities object to putting it so close to Lake Huron, fearing water pollution.

The company says the waste would be encased in rock and would pose no threat to the lake. It says other sites would delay the project 15 years or more without improving safety.

Canada’s environment minister is expected to decide this year whether to approve the plan.

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