South Bend, Honeywell to deal with lead soil in LaSalle Park neighborhood

South Bend, Honeywell to deal with lead soil in LaSalle Park neighborhood

An area in South Bend's LaSalle Park where lead-contaminated soil is to be excavated and replaced is near a playground and a grove of mature oak trees.

SOUTH BEND — Tucked between prepare tracks to the north and Western Avenue to the south, the LaSalle Park neighborhood on South Bend’s west facet was for a lot of the Twentieth century one of some locations the place folks of shade lived.

The world generally known as The Lake turned “the center of African American life” within the metropolis throughout its industrial growth, in accordance with the Civil Rights Heritage Middle. Many residents held manufacturing jobs at Bendix Corp. or Studebaker Corp.

To this present day, the realm’s residents are predominantly Black.

It was in loads adjoining to this cultural hub the place Bendix and others selected to dump poisonous waste for many years.

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“As an alternative of discarding it to a landfill,” mentioned Henry Davis Jr., who represents the realm on the South Bend Widespread Council, “the landfill was positioned proper there in the midst of a neighborhood.”