Lipinski Applauded by Local Officials for Securing $700,000 in Federal Funding for Renovation of Stone Avenue Metra Station in La Grange

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) marked his recent success in obtaining $700,000 in federal funding for the renovation of historic Stone Avenue Station in La Grange at a check presentation ceremony Monday morning at the station. Congressman Lipinski was joined by La Grange Village President Elizabeth Asperger and officials from the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce, Metra, BNSF Railway, and the West Suburban Mass Transit District.

"More than a century after it was built, Stone Avenue Station is an icon of La Grange and stands as a vivid reminder of the village's roots," Lipinski said. "But as one of Metra's busiest stations, serving about 1,000 people each day, it's showing its age. The money I have obtained will help restore the station to its original glory and ensure that it will continue to serve the community for generations to come."

The money secured by Congressman Lipinski will be used to help complete the final project design and begin construction efforts.

Congressman Lipinski secured $500,000 for the station project in a bill that passed the House of Representatives earlier this year, but was able to increase that amount by $200,000 in the final measure that became law last week. The estimated $3 million overhaul is expected to be completed in three phases costing roughly $1 million each. With the money secured by Congressman Lipinski, there is nearly $1.6 million available for the project.

"The Village of La Grange grew up with the railroad and Stone Avenue Station is emblematic of our history," La Grange Village President Elizabeth Asperger said. "The residents of La Grange thank Congressman Lipinski for his efforts to assist us in renovating this important asset to our community. From transit to technology issues, Congressman Lipinski works hard for us."

Designed by local architect John Tilton, built in 1901, and designated a local landmark by The La Grange Area Historical Society in 1971, the station has slowly deteriorated over time, making a comprehensive renovation necessary. The Village of La Grange, Metra, and BNSF Railway are collaborating on the project.

The historically respectful rehabilitation is expected to include the addition of a new roof to the main building, renovation of the shelter on the outbound side, improvements to the "kiss and ride" circle drives, and ADA accessibility improvements. Other amenities being considered include additional bike racks, an outdoor seating patio, and a shelter on the south platform with heat lamps.

(December 21, 2009)


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