Solar farm proposed for toxic Southeast Side industrial site

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Sara
Posted by Sara
Dec 29, 2020

The Cook County Land Bank is in talks to lease land for up to 35 years on part of the massive former Acme coke operation.

A portion of a massive toxic industrial site on the Southeast Side is being considered for a future home to a solar farm.
The Cook County Land Bank Authority has taken title to land near East 114th Street and South Torrence Avenue, clearing the property’s back taxes in hopes of drawing a solar operation on about 36 acres, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The property is part of a sprawling former site of the former Acme coke operation, which has been dormant for years. The land bank wants to lease the land to California solar company SunPower for up to 35 years. A lease-option agreement is being drafted, and the company will have two years to decide if it wants to enter into a long-term lease.

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