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Crystal Lake OKs construction debris fill

Published: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 10:46 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 11:31 p.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – A new construction debris fill facility could transform a large pit on Virginia Road into a future spot for industrial businesses.

The Curran Group received the green light to use a 116-acre portion of land at the southwest corner of Rakow and Virginia roads for a clean construction and demolition debris fill facility that would accept broken concrete, asphalt, gravel, sand, brick and topsoil.

Much of the material would fill a 40-foot pit that was created after more than a decade of mining when Meyer Materials obtained the property in 1997. Curran plans show that it could take between 10 to 15 years to fill in the full depressional area on the property.

Once restored, the land could be developed into a business strip for industrial services.

The Curran Group has obtained all the necessary permits from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and will be required to show the Crystal Lake City Council it remains in compliance with those standards each year.

A study by the city consultant showed the project would not have an effect on ground water levels, which could have resulted in higher water elevations at nearby Three Oaks Recreation Area.

The project will go through the Lake in the Hills zoning process before it officially begins because of airport requirements.

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