Village Board, Staff and Contractors Lay Plans for New Maywood Train Station, Gazebo Renovations

By Michael Romain

WEDNESDAY, MONDAY — At last night’s Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, significant preliminary steps were laid to renovate two long-standing eye sores in Maywood–the Fifth Avenue Metra stop and the dilapidated gazebo in back of the police station.

After applying for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant in 2011, the Village put out an invitation for proposals. On February 19, 2013, the Village accepted the proposal put forth by Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC, based in Rosemont, Illinois.

Michael Kerr, an Executive Vice President with the firm, presented several draft concepts of a proposed 700 square foot all-masonry warming area to be built on the site of what is currently not much more than a bus shelter (see photograph below).

Maywood MetraKerr emphasized that these early concepts are subject to change considerably. “These are just some ideas we put on paper so you could envision what the station could look like,” he said.

The station as it’s currently proposed will be fully ADA-compliant and include a new retaining wall, a repaired platform, covered bike parking, new landscaping and site furniture (such as benches and trash cans). Trustees Toni Dorris and Ron Rivers also suggested the possibility of including concessions and/or vendors in the station.

Kerr’s presentation, apparently, was a pleasant surprise. Trustee Michael Rogers said that at a public meeting to develop the Village’s revised Comprehensive Plan, held the night before, there was a lot of discussion about the need for a better Metra station.

“It’s nice to know that this is a step closer,” he said.

The new station will cost an estimated $2,271,000–$1,222,000 of which will come from the Federal CMAQ grant and $1,049,000 of which will come from the Village’s Fifth Avenue TIF fund. According to Village Manager William Barlow, the Metra will require the Village to assess a parking arrangement, at which time the Board may consider the possibility of charging for parking spaces as a source of much-needed revenue. The project isn’t projected to be completed, however, before the end of 2014.

New Gazebo in the Works

Last night, the Board voted unanimously to consider at next week’s Board Meeting the approval of a revised proposal to renovate the Oak Street gazebo at a cost of $20,650–all of which will come out of funds from the St. Charles TIF, which is set to expire next year.

The gazebo, a venerable historical structure, has fallen into disrepair of late. For the last two years, the structure has been fenced off from the public due to rotting timbers. It’s repair might allow Village officials to breathe a bit easier knowing that a major liability problem has been mitigated.

The Village’s direct involvement in the gazebo repairs comes after a proposed grant from the Home Depot fell through. According to Barlow, the company withdrew it’s prior commitment to donate lumber to the project after learning that the gazebo is not apart of Veterans Memorial Park. The Home Depot grant is restricted to providing support for veterans’ affairs.

Once it was discovered that the Village would need to carry out the renovations, Trustee Rogers, an architect by profession, suggested that, for the sake of durability and longevity, steel columns be utilized instead of wood, thus increasing the project’s cost. This was the part of the proposal that needed to be revised.

“The gazebo is a staple […] in Maywood,” said Trustee Ron Rivers. “[It needs to be] to brought back to its use […] In the last two years, I have [wanted to] reminisce on that structure.” VFP

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