Case Study 1

Records Conflict, Potentially Threatening a Project to Turn Farmland into High-End Retail

The owner of a 150-acre farm with 3,700 feet of frontage along Route 34 in Oswego wanted to develop a high-quality retail/commercial development. He wanted to be the first developer to offer prime retail sites in this key east-side location of Oswego. Time was absolutely critical. Continue reading…

Surveying a GAP Parcel


Case Study 2

Forgotten “GAP” Parcels Separate Land from Perimeter Road, Hurting the Value of Land Offered for Sale.

Downers Grove High School District 99 purchased a 44-acre tract of land in 1972 for a future high school site without the benefit of a land survey. In 2005, the district decided to sell the land. The land’s highest value was for its development potential, but that was threatened because, as Compass uncovered, a forgotten 10-foot-wide strip of land prohibited legal access to the dedicated roadway. Continue reading…

Surveying Property with no Legal Access


Case Study 3

To Survey and Preserve the Integrity of an Architectural Gem and Religious Landmark

The Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, Ill., was the first pre-cast paneled concreted building in the world. It took 30 years to build the 20-story structure, which was completed in 1953. The nine-sided temple is surrounded by terraces, stairs and walks, and nine gardens, with fountains, reflecting pools and beautiful and varied landscaped areas. Continue reading…

Surveying an iconic House of Worship


Case Study 4

Surveying Moving Targets

A large consulting engineering firm representing a large national land development client needed ALTA surveys for portions of the Glenview, Fort Sheridan and Great Lakes naval bases. The surveys, comprising more than 600 acres, were part of the client’s 2,400-unit, multistate residential redevelopment project. The majority of the property was fully developed and improved with housing units, sidewalks, roadways, and utilities and had never been subdivided into individual land parcels. Continue reading…

Surveying Naval Station Great Lakes Residences