The long-awaited Stone Avenue Metra station renovation project is making another step forward, with bids for the construction expected over the course of the next month, Village President Liz Asperger said at a town hall meeting on Monday.
“Hopefully that contract will come to the board by the end of November, and we will have construction beginning in December,” Asperger said, adding that the project would then likely be completed sometime in the spring of 2013.
Two concept art sketches of a finished station were on display in the back of the hall at Monday’s meeting (see attached images.)
The project is being funded by $1.085 million in grant monies, including $700,000 from the Federal Transportation Administration (won by Congressman Dan Lipinski) and $385,000 from the West Suburban Mass Transit District, which includes the communities served by Metra along the Burlington Northern railroad corridor, including La Grange.
The project has been being discussed since 2006 and was delayed by a station platform reconstruction in 2010, The Doings Western Springs reported, adding that the distinctive exterior of the building (built 1909) will be preserved while the inside and landscaping will be redone.
Read a history of the Stone Avenue Station here.