Officials in the city of Janesville said today (Wednesday) they have received a 500-thousand-dollar state grant to help offset the cost of demolition of the former General Motors assembly plant.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation said it would provide the funds to tear down six buildings on the 114-acre site, including the three-point-nine-million-square-foot main plant. Demolition of the nearly century-old plant started in May and is expected to be finished in June 2020. Redevelopment of the site afterward is expected to take several years. Commercial Development Company purchased the vacant site in December 2017 and announced it planned to demolish the structure. Company officials say the space will be available for about one-million square feet of future industrial and warehousing end users that require railroad service.