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Sunday, August 28, 2016

South Second Street mixed-use project update

The new warehouse for ABC Construction Co. is moving along
briskly, with occupancy expected by the end of 2016.

South Second Street is abuzz with one of Plainfield's larger redevelopment projects currently in progress.

The mixed use project between Grant Avenue and Muhlenberg Place will include a new warehouse for ABC Supply Co. and 90 units of apartments in a complex to be called The Muse at Grant Avenue Station.

One of the interesting features of the project, to me, is that concrete from the former factory building that sat at the corner of Grant Avenue is being recycled to be reused in the construction of the two new buildings.

On-site concrete crusher is used to recycle concrete from
factory building formerly on the site.

A view of of some of the concrete, broken up into large chunks.

It used to be that concrete from buildings being demolished would be dug up in huge chunks and transported to landfills elsewhere -- out of sight, out of mind. I can remember seeing endless caravans of dumpster trucks hauling the stuff west on I-78 to landfills in Pennsylvania.

But times have changed.

Builders now often find it more cost-effective to rent crushers for use on the construction site, where the large chunks are ground down to pebble size and used as aggregate in the new construction.

It saves the developer money, eases pressure on scarce landfills, reduces the project's carbon footprint, and is in general kinder to Mother Earth.

ABC expects to be in their new building by the end of 2016, when to focus will shift to completing the residential portion of the project.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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