By Jeff Eriks

March 1, 2009

Finding new sites in high-density areas to build Transfer Stations is growing difficult.

Resident concerns, limited availability of industrial sites, and traffic issues make it hard to get a site permitted in desirable locations.

This was the case for Allied Waste, which has merged with Republic Services, when planning a new Transfer Station site in Northlake, IL. Eventually, the company found an ideal location on a less ideal site. To realize its vision of a high-profile, state-of-the-art transfer station, the company contacted Cambridge Companies. The task was to design and construct a high-volume Transfer Station along the I-294 corridor.

The site had changed hands many times. The only constant was the utility easement for the overhead power lines owned by Commonwealth Edison, Chicago.

Typically, utility companies do not consider a site similar to this for light industrial use. However, some inquiries revealed a willingness to make it happen. Allied, Cambridge, and Commonwealth Edison devised a plan to create a source of revenue from an underused and undesirable property. Moreover, the project would generate additional income for the city of Northlake.

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