CROWN POINT — A proposed leaf and wood chip compost facility in the city has been scrapped.
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District announced recently the proposed site on Iowa Street has been eliminated from consideration.
The district proposed building a compost site on Iowa Street in 2016, the same year an agreement was reached that allowed the county compost operation to remain at its site in the 3400 block of Chase Street in Gary.
The proposed Crown Point site would have been just south of 12321 Iowa St. and used to compost leaves and wood chips — including tree limbs, brush, tree trunks, etc. — only. Plans called for leaves to be collected by the district's leaf collection program in unincorporated areas, leaves and wood chips from Crown Point residents and wood chips from the Lake County Highway Department.
The proposed Iowa Street project would have been a smaller operating site than the one in Gary. Unlike the Gary site, the proposed Crown Point site would not process pre-consumer frozen food, fruit and vegetables.
"I believe the city of Crown Point was sensitive to the sentiment of the surrounding neighbors and is seeking to find a site that will serve the need without disturbing the area," said Dan Rohaley, chairman of the city's Board of Zoning Appeals.
City Chief of Staff Greg Falkowski said alternate sites will be looked at for the city to compost the sticks and leaves it picks up as a service.