Remediation work underway on East Chicago site intended for massive logistics center

EAST CHICAGO — Tens of thousands of cubic yards of contaminated soil are being removed from a brownfield site on Kennedy Avenue, with plans to build a one million square-foot logistics center on it as soon as the work is done.

“Provided Mother Nature cooperates, we should be done with the remediation in late 2020,” said Scott Aschoff, principal at Impact Environmental, which is managing the work. The pad for the new building would then be ready by the spring of 2021, he said, and the building would be completed by the end of that year.

The partnership, in conjunction with DuPont and its subsidiary Chemours, first has to perform the Environmental Protection Agency-approved plan to clean the site of contaminants that include arsenic, lead, cadmium and zinc.

The $26.6 million environmental remediation of the former DuPont industrial site at 5215 Kennedy Ave. began in September with the clearing of trees, and will ultimately involve removal of about 60,000 cubic yards of soil, according to Aschoff, who is also co-owner and partner of East Chicago Gateway Partners, which will build the logistics center.

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