The news is a win for Southeast Side activists who have been pushing back on the plan to relocate General Iron from its longtime home on Kingsbury Street in Lincoln Park to a rebuilt facility at East 116th Street along the Calumet River.
The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has also opened an investigation of the move in response to charges of environmental racism, as the company will be moving its facility from a predominantly white neighborhood to one what is majority Latino.
“Substantial data indicate the current conditions facing Chicago’s southeast side epitomize the problem of environmental injustice, resulting from more than a half century of prior actions,” Regan wrote in his letter to City Hall. “This neighborhood currently ranks at the highest levels for many pollution indicators.”
General Iron’s owner, Reserve Management Group, acquired the scrap metal shredding operation in 2019. It needs a city permit to complete the move to the Calumet River location.