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Concept Renderings Available for Stone Avenue Station Renovation

The Village of La Grange expects to have bids in for the Metra station’s renovation by the end of November and hopes to complete the project by spring of 2013.

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.

rose October 24, 2012 at 01:56 PM
seriously? what was the year of the last renovation? It hasn't been that long.....ah, the use of our money, please.
Bruno Fontana October 24, 2012 at 04:07 PM
As a daily user of this station-for once I don’t mind "MY" money being used since it's something I can actually benefit from! The inside is literally a train-wreck(get it?). As previously written-what happened to the missing benches? The outside is historically significant and has been left too long to deteriorate. Call me a dreamer but it will add to the overall aesthetic of the west end thus helping re-sale/property values. The sad part is how long will it remain nice before some disenfranchised youth breaks a window?
Erik Bloecks October 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM
If they really want to make an improvement they should put back the pedestrian crossing that was removed.
Darren McRoy October 25, 2012 at 12:40 AM
There was a discussion about that at the town meeting, actually. They said it had been judged to be unsafe and that sadly it wouldn't be coming back.
Erik Bloecks October 25, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Everthing is unsafe when used incorrectly. Behavior around trains is very simple: LOOK, LISTEN, LIVE. I guess they figure with today's modern smart-phone society commuters would look and listen to their device then die on the tracks because they were not paying attention.
Susan R. October 25, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Who judged the crossing to be unsafe? I've lived near the station for over 20 years and I never heard of a pedestrian accident at the pedestrian crossing. Yes, there were stupid people crossing when the bells were ringing, but that happens at the street crossings too. And forcing people to run two blocks to get on a westbound train after buying a ticket at the station seems way more unsafe than allowing a quick, easy crossing. And while I don't pretend to speak on her behalf, there is a blind woman who lives on Stone and rides the train regularly and I know that she feels much LESS safe crossing with cars at Brainard than she did using a pedestrian-only rail crossing.
Erik Bloecks November 18, 2012 at 01:05 AM
If I remember correctly an LT student was killed there back in 1990. He was crossing on his way to school wearing his headphones and got struck. He must of had his music on too loud or did not look.

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