Demolition activity is in progress on the Fremad redevelopment project site in downtown Glenwood, with work now moving to the debris removal phase. As work continues in and around the site in downtown Glenwood around 1st Avenue South and South Franklin Street, the public is reminded to watch for and obey signage in the area of the project. Parking will be prohibited in and around the site while activity is taking place, and some streets around the site may be blocked for shorter 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 short section of State Highway 104/South Franklin Street that has been closed to through traffic is planned to reopen later in the day on Friday, September 8. In the meantime, the official detour route for through traffic is State Highway 28, State Highway 55, and County Highway 18, with allowance for local detoured traffic on the adjacent open blocks in downtown Glenwood.
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.