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EPA issues No Further Remediation Letter.

10/10/13 — After a decade, cleanup efforts at Freeport’s Rawleigh Complex are now complete. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency sent the City a “No Further Remediation Letter” on Thursday, October 10, which means the site is no longer contaminated. City officials hope the completion on environmental cleanup at the Rawleigh Complex could spur long-awaited economic growth in the […]


UW-Madison Urban Planning students take a look at Freeport.

12/13/2014 — Freeport residents heard an outside perspective on their city when students from Alfonso Morales’ graduate class on urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison presented findings on the status of the city’s east-side and riverfront areas. Students spent the semester analyzing trends in Freeport as a part of their studies and came up with seven […]


Mayor’s View: This is the beginning of the next chapter.

3/8/2014 — Freeport Mayor Jim Gitz provides his perspective on the recent sale of Building D in the Rawleigh Complex to a local business for redevelopment. This is the second building in the former Rawleigh Industrial Complex that has been transferred to private ownership. Private redevelopment on the site is good for Freeport in several ways: economic development […]


Freeport, IL awarded $200,000 Area-Wide Planning Grants from USEPA.

5/1/2013 — Freeport was awarded a $200,000 area-wide planning grant from USEPA. A total of 20 USEPA grants were awarded nation-wide for 2013. The Freeport grant will help advance the community’s cutting-edge brownfield redevelopment programs. You can read summaries of the projects on the USEPA website.


Amtrak Blackhawk rail stop for Freeport, Illinois.

9/21/2012 —  Freeport, Illinois will be one of the stops on the Blackhawk Amtrak line, which will connect Chicago to Dubuque and is slated to return to passenger service in 2014. The City of Freeport aims to spur a larger economic impact, with the project by making it a regional multimodal hub that integrates rail, local transit, regional bus […]


Freeport looks ahead to brownfield plan improvements and proposed food enterprise center.

9/21/2012 — Proposed upgrades to the former Rawleigh Complex in Freeport’s 3rd Ward could bring good things to the ward and the needs of its residents–and have benefits that extend beyond the boundaries of the project. The planning team has proposed that the complex of buildings be reused as a food enterprise center that could offer residents entrepreneurial opportunities to […]


City of Freeport Receives HUD funding.

4/12/2012 — The City of Freeport, Illinois has been awarded $295,419 in HUD funds to advance the “Freeport Riverfront Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Growth Initiative”, a dynamic initiative to create jobs and position the community within the global economy. This initiative centers around Freeport’s Downtown Riverfront, anchored by the “Rawleigh Corridor”—a 14-block redevelopment area including the 450,000 square foot, 5-building […]