Cleanup of Spartan Square plaza in Romeoville moving along
BY BROCK A. STEIN Correspondent October 27, 2013 7:26PM
Updated: November 30, 2013 7:56PM
Romeoville’s vision of building a mixed-use community and events center to anchor a revival of the village’s east side is moving closer to reality.
The cleanup of Spartan Square plaza, where a Jewel-Osco was razed earlier this year, should soon be moving into its final phase, according to an update village trustees received at least week’s board meeting.
The village inked a deal for the cleanup of the 9.5-acre site at Route 53 and Phelps Avenue in February 2012. Craig McCammak, a representative of V3, an engineering, development and municipal consulting company, said that much of the work thus far, including testing the soil, has involved meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
With those steps coming to a close, McCammak said the actual site cleanup work will begin soon and is expected to take about six weeks.
The process will involve removing soil contaminated by chemicals from a former dry cleaning business at the site, and mixing the material with an agent that will neutralize its harmful properties. A buffer area that could include pavement, sidewalks and landscaping also will be added.
As part of the process, treated soil will have to be tested to determine whether it meets EPA standards, McCammak said. An existing ordinance already bans the use of groundwater from the area.
The village secured $200,000 of EPA grant funding for the project and is matching part of it with $40,000 that can be contributed in the form of work performed by village staff.
The village bought the Spartan Square site in 2008 and began the remediation process in August of that year, Mayor John Noak said.
“It’s been several years of preparing for a few weeks of work,” he said.