J. Steve Santacruz - President


Mr. Santacruz has more than 20 years of experience in providing right-of-way services for a variety of governmental agencies. He has assisted on planning of right-of-way during plan development stages, as well as worked as a right-of-way agent in the acquisition and facilitation of right-of-way necessary for the completion of a project. He has extensive experience working with the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority gaining a thorough understanding of the policies and procedures of those agencies in meeting their right-of-way requirements. Representative project experience includes:

  • O'Hare Modernization Program, O'Hare Airport expansion for the City of Chicago - Right-of-Way Agent. Completed the acquisition or referral for condemnation of over 300 parcels in a seven month period. Coordinated the acquisition process with relocation agents assigned to provide relocation benefits to displaced property owners under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended.

  • Washington Street in Lake County, Illinois, Lake County Division of Transportation - Right-of-way Agent. Engaged to provide negotiation/acquisition and appraisal services for 135 parcels over a 2.5 mile corridor. Project involved roadway widening and a grade separation of METRA rails from the roadway.

  • Grand Avenue Grade Separation, Grand Avenue Railroad Relocation Authority, Franklin Park, Illinois - Right-of-way Agent. Provided negotiation services and facilitated acquisition of over eighty parcels of right-of-way necessary to complete a rail-road grade separation along Grand Avenue in Franklin Park involving the Soo Line Railroad, CP Rail Systems, Wisconsin Central and Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad.

  • I57 and I294 Interchange, Illinois State Toll Highway Authority – Right-of-Way Agent. Engaged to provide a combination of negotiation/acquisition and appraisal services for over one hundred parcels for the construction of an interchange connecting two major interstates.

Robin Weber - Paralegal


Robin is a real estate paralegal experienced in preparing conveyance documents, reviewing title commitment and closing transactions. Robin has been with Santacruz since 2010.





Jonathan Abplanalp - Negotiator


Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in architecture. He has been with Santacruz since 2011 and has experience in all aspects of the land acquisition process. He is approved by IDOT - District 1 as a fee negotiator. He is a member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA).