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City files petition for cause over Essex property

ROCKFORD – The City of Rockford has filed a petition for rule to show cause in the court
case associated with the Essex site remediation.

The petition requests that Judge Fabiano enter a judgment against the owner of the property, A-W-Bennett Enterprises, Inc., and well as Paul Bennett, as the Principal officer of the corporation.

The petition will be presented to the Court Sept. 20.

While any sanction imposed is at the discretion of the judge, officials say the city’s interest has always been and continues to be ensuring that the property owner remediates the hazardous and blighted conditions at the site.

Throughout this process, the city has maintained constant communications with the attorney for A-W-Bennett, and we look forward to the site being cleared and being the next development
contributing to the revitalization of the North Main Corridor.