Plan commissioners have recommended approval of the $88-millionmanufacturing planned development by Oak Brook, IL-based REITCenterPoint Properties Trust and Ford Land Development Services.They are expected to be back with a site plan in December for theirproject that is being aided by $16.1 million in tax incrementfinancing along with state incentives.

"We see this as a tremendous environmental story," says KenMacfarlane, project manager for the Dearborn, MI-based co-developerof the former brownfield site. "This is taking a site that wasabandoned 40 years ago and restoring it."

City, state and CenterPoint funds are paying for $20-million inimprovements to 126th Place as well as a railroad crossing at 130thand Torrence avenue. Landscaping will restore much of the land toprairie conditions, a far cry from the piles of slag, gravel anddebris that has littered the area for decades, long after previousindustrial users, including Republic Steel, moved out.

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