La Grange Stone Avenue station project moves forward
A rendering of the first phase of renovations to the Stone Avenue train station in La Grange was on display at a town hall meeting Monday at Ogden Avenue School. | Jane Michaels—Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 26, 2012 6:54AM
LA GRANGE — Bids are expected to be advertised in the next month to renovate the historic Stone Avenue train station in La Grange’s West End district.
Village President Liz Asperger told residents at a town hall meeting Monday a contract to complete the work could be awarded in November with construction slated to begin in December.
The $1 million renovation could be completed in the spring, Asperger said. The station, built in 1909, is at Burlington and Stone avenues.
The project is financed through a $700,000 federal grant secured by U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-3rd, of Western Springs and $385,000 from the West Suburban Mass Transit District.
La Grange officials have been discussing the project since 2006, which was delayed while Metra reconstructed the station platform in 2010. The architectural design of the project and an intergovernmental agreement had to be approved by both the transportation agency and the Village Board.
The distinctive arches and limestone exterior, modeled after a structure in Kenilworth, will be preserved, but many interior elements will be replaced. Landscaping surrounding the station could be improved in a second phase of the project.