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Celotex Site

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Community Involvement Coordinator
Heriberto León (leon.heriberto@epa.gov)
312-886-6163 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66163

Remedial Project Manager
Shari Kolak

Project Manager
Chicago Park District
Bob Foster


(where to view written records)

Chicago Public Library
Rudy Lozano Branch
1805 S. Loomis Street
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 746-4329


The EPA oversaw the cleanup of the Celotex site and residential properties near it between 2002 and 2009.  In 2009 the City of Chicago signed an agreement with U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice agreeing to enhance the cleanup and develop the Celotex site as a public park using certain sustainable development practices. The agreement gave the city protection from potential liability for the contamination at the property. This paved the way for the sale of the site to the city of Chicago. (more...)

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January 2015

In December 2014 the Chicago Park District had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the opening of La Villita ParkExit EPA Disclaimer on the former Celotex site.  During the Celotex site cleanup, U.S. EPA asked Little Village residents for input on future use. Today, the vision the community expressed throughout the cleanup has become a reality.

The City of Chicago and CPD worked closely with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and U.S. EPA on plans for the 21.42-acre park at the site. LVEJO and area residents gave input on design ideas and submitted a request to name the park “La Villita Park.”

With the insistent determination of community groups like LVEJO and other dedicated members of the Little Village community, this previously contaminated property is now a beautiful green space for the community to use.

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