Update: Budget, Illustrations of Proposed Maywood Metra Station Released

Originally Published: December 12, 2013

By Michael Romain

At a December 11, 2013, Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, significant preliminary steps were laid to renovate the Fifth Avenue Metra stop.

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.

 Concept 1:

View from Main Street (above) and 5th Avenue (below):

View of Concept 1 From Main St

View of Concept 1 From 5th Avenue

Concept 2:

View from Main Street (above) and 5th Avenue (below):

View of Concept 2 From 5th Avenue

View of Concept 2 From Main St

Which concept do you like better? Leave a comment below.

Preliminary Costs of Metra Station

For more information on this proposal, click here. VFP

2 thoughts on “Update: Budget, Illustrations of Proposed Maywood Metra Station Released

  1. What a pleasant surprise to see this. I would have to vote for concept #2 because it appears much more in the general character of the town, which is more late 19th century and midwestern looking.

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