Just east of the two large warehouses next to the Proviso/Clinton yard was a area that needed additional businesses that would be near a railroad right of way, but not necessarily with rail service. Rather than scratch build actual prototypes from the Clinton area, I just threw some buildings from my previous layout, the Rochelle Sub, in the area to see how they fit. Over time I messed with numerous different orientations. I was looking for a mix of old and new structures that are common for a lot of present day industries. Below is the orientation that I finally settled on.
With the location of structures set, the next step was putting in a parking lot for the industries. I wanted the parking lot to be old and in somewhat disrepair as you would typically find near a railroad right of way. I first marked off the boundaries of the lot and used Woodland Scenics "Smooth It" plaster to fashion a lot.
Once the plaster was dried I painted it a light gray and added gravel around the edges and on the lot itself. The gravel on the lot was to represent where pot holes has been filled in. A 6' chain link fence from Gold Metals Products completed the project. I did not have quite enough chain link fencing on hand, so I filled in the last bit with wood fencing. The wood fencing adds to the ad-hoc look of the scene.