Rep. Lipinski Celebrates Official Completion of Stone Avenue Metra Station Renovations in La Grange (July 18, 2017)

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) was joined by La Grange Village President Tom Livingston, Metra CEO Don Orseno, La Grange Area Historical Society President Mark Truax, Palmer Place Restaurant Owner and Metra Director Steve Palmer, and other interested business leaders and community members last week to officially mark the completion of the Stone Avenue Metra Station restoration project in La Grange.  The renovations would not have been possible without Lipinski securing a $700,000 earmark for the $1.1 million project.

“When the village came to me to ask for federal funding to restore the Stone Avenue Station, I made it a top priority and am very happy I was able to get it done,” stated Rep. Lipinski.  “It is important that we preserve such beautiful pieces of our history, especially ones that still play a critical role in the daily life of our community.  I want to thank the La Grange Area Historical Society, the La Grange Garden Club, and especially Jeannine McLaughlin for all their work in making this restoration possible.  As someone who understands the importance of a strong public transportation system and its value to our community, it is especially gratifying that we were able to get this done.”

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 slowly deteriorated over time, making a comprehensive renovation necessary.  To celebrate the completion of the project, a special plaque has been installed at the station.  A separate plaque at the station specifically thanks Congressman Lipinski for securing funding for this local landmark.

“Stone Avenue Station is very important to La Grange and surrounding communities,” said La Grange Village President Tom Livingston.  “Thanks to Congressman Lipinski, the village can continue to build on its image as a transit oriented community.  He has had a big impact improving our community and the region.”

“This beautiful facility honors our history without sacrificing the amenities that people have come to expect from modern public transit centers,” said Palmer Place Restaurant Owner and Metra Director Steve Palmer.  “I can’t thank Rep. Lipinski enough for his help on this station and other public transportation issues.  No one serves our community better.” 

Congressman Lipinski is the senior member from the state on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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