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ExxonMobil Site Cleanup Underway

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW)-- You may have noticed activity along Copeland Avenue at the former ExxonMobil site.

The city purchased the land in 2003, but ExxonMobil is responsible for the clean up on that land. The site is part of the 65 acres owned by the city in that area.

Exxonmobil is digging about nine holes, removing contaminated soil and replacing it with clean fill.

The city is also cleaning up the Patros Steel portion of the property. Much of the clean fill is coming from construction sites at the UW-La Crosse and the Gundersen Lutheran expansion project.

The city's Director of Planning, Larry Kirch, says of that area, about 25 acres will be developed. However that process could take years. He says as of now the city has approved funding for a few things, including the removal of some concrete on the property.

"We have money to build a bike trail, $186,000, to extend the bike trail from Riverside Park, that was approved last year," Kirch said. "That's what's funded. Nothing else is funded, other than the planning process. And we're not really even beginning to talk about development recruitment. There's a lot of infrastructure costs to redevelop that site."

Cleanup should be complete or nearly complete by Oktoberfest. And just like last year, the group called Changing the Culture of Risky Drinking Coalition will have an alcohol-free zone during the parade on the front of the property.

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