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Hearing on Limestone Building today in Rock Falls

City seeks EPA grant to evaluate First Street site

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Philip Marruffo/pmarruffo@saukvalley.com)
Rock Falls officials say the Limestone Building along the city's riverfront is not salvageable and are seeking a federal grant to pay for an environmental assessment that would precede demolition.

ROCK FALLS – A public meeting on a federal assessment grant for the Limestone Building will begin at 6:30 p.m. today in City Hall Council Chambers, 603 W. 10th St.

The meeting is on the agenda as part of the regular Rock Falls City Council meeting.

The city will submit its application for a $200,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to pay for an environmental evaluation of the blighted riverfront property at 201 W. First St. The building has been vacant for more than 20 years. 

The assessment grant could then pave the way for additional federal money to pay for demolition costs.

City officials have determined that the manufacturing building, which dates to the 1800s, is not salvageable. The building is not structurally sound, needs asbestos abatement, and could be a public safety hazard if the fencing and “no trespassing” sign fail to keep people away. The road east of the building, from First Street to the riverfront, has been closed to avoid falling bricks.

The city would like the extra space in a high-traffic area for public use along the riverfront.

Input from the public will be taken during the public meeting.

Public hearing

A public hearing for an EPA assessment grant for the Limestone Building will be at the beginning of the Rock Falls City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 603 W. 10th St. 

The council meeting also can be viewed live on Channel 5.

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