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From the 1800s through 2005, the site developed by Chicago GreenWorks had been used for industrial purposes. For most of the first 100 years, the site was home of the Griffin Wheel Company and then the Union Pacific Gas Works, both railroad companies.

Beginning in the late 1970s through most of the 1990s, the site belonged to Sacramento Rock Crushing and became home to much of the debris left from large infrastructure construction projects in the City. After the debris was recycled and removed from the site with the assistance of the Federal government, the site became an overflow repository for impounded cars.

Since the mid-1990’s, Christy Webber Landscapes searched for a suitably large and conveniently located permanent home within the central portion of the City of Chicago. The company considered many sites throughout the more industrial sections of its West Side, even proposing to redevelop the building now known as the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT).

In 2003, the City of Chicago approached the company about putting together a proposal to develop the 12 acre site just to the east of the CCGT. The principals of Christy Webber Landscapes assembled a professional team and formed a company now called Chicago GreenWorks. Three years later, this new company began construction on this eco-industrial park.
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