(September 6, 2023) Demolition activity has begun on the Fremad redevelopment project site in downtown Glenwood, with work started on the western back side of the site already commenced.
As work moves to the eastern front side of the site, a short section of State Highway 104/South Franklin Street will be closed to through traffic as an extra safety precaution. This closure is expected to last for one to two days depending on the progress of work on site. The road closure will begin late in the day today, Wednesday, September 6, and work on the site is expected to continue beginning at 7:00 am tomorrow morning, Thursday, September 7.
A detour for through traffic on State Highway 104 will be designated and signed, with the official detour route as State Highway 28, State Highway 55, and County Highway 18. A map of the detour appears below:
The public is advised to continue to watch for and obey signage in the area of the demolition project. As stated previously, there may be some areas where parking will be prohibited in and around the site while activity is taking place, and other streets around the site may be blocked for periods of time for safety reasons. Any such restrictions will be clearly marked by contractors. Please stay out of marked restricted areas during the course of the project.
The demolition of the buildings is part of a redevelopment of this forfeited, blighted property, and solicitation of requests for proposals for redevelopment are planned to be publicly solicited sometime after demolition is complete. Redevelopment costs are intended to be recouped through sale of the land as well as from proceeds from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) on the valuation of the redeveloped site.
Questions on the project can be directed to the Pope County HRA/EDA at (320) 634-7847.