Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Public Forum on Future of the Fisk Plant Site

Occupy Chicago Press Committee

On Tuesday, PERRO (Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization) will hold a public forum in conjunction with Alivio Medical Center, The Resurrection Project, and Pilsen Neighbors Community Council about what should happen with the Fisk coal plant site, once the coal fired power plant is shut down this coming September.  PERRO lead the fight in Pilsen to retire the Fisk Plant and now the organization will focus on making sure the site is fully remediated and that any future re-development benefits the entire community.

Date: Tuesday, June 5th
Time: Forum - 6:30 PM
Event: Public Forum
Location: Casa Maravilla, 2021 S. Morgan Street, Chicago

“For years we worked to end pollution from the Fisk plant, but now we are entering an exciting new phase in the life of this property”, states PERRO organizer Jerry Mead-Lucero.  “This is a great opportunity for the residents of Pilsen to have input on what happens with the Fisk plant site in the future.”  PERRO is a member of the Mayor Emmanuel’s Task Force on the reuse of the Fisk Plant site, which is examining options for the future of the site.  PERRO is holding several public forums in the Pilsen neighborhood to gather community input on what members of the Pilsen community would like to see at the site.

Topics to be addressed at the public forum include...
1. How did this happen? Provide an update about how the community won its victory and the agreements signed with Midwest Generation, own of the Fisk plant.
2. Will the land be cleaned up? We will discuss current efforts to ensure that the site is fully remediated and gather community Input on remediation plans for the property.
3. How should the land be used? We will gather input on the re-development of the property and begin to develop a vision for the future of the site.

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