chi-MonroeCourtRendering (2) 6012 Monroe Court in Morton Grove, IL. Dayton Street Partners, the new owner, plans to transform the ’60′s era building into modern distribution facility that can serve the dense northern suburbs of Chicago.

CHICAGO—Distribution facilities for e-commerce are popping up in close proximity to the population centers of major US cities, creating a foundation for rapid-delivery service that didn’t exist on this scale just a few years ago, according to a new report from CBRE. CBRE analyzed the location of so-called “last-mile” distribution facilities opened within just the past two years in the 15 largest US population centers, finding that they are positioned, on average, between six and nine miles from the center of the largest population areas they serve.