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Edgewater Buildings To Be Demolished For Red Line Reconstruction

Over the weekend, the CTA announced buildings that could be demolished to make room for the new Red Line overhaul slated to begin in early 2017. Though almost all of the press centered around the area north of the Belmont station, the Edgewater area will be impacted as well.

In a statement the CTA stated “In order to increase train speeds, reduce delays and modernize stations, the agency has identified a minimal number of property parcels that would need to be purchased in order to construct Phase 1 of the CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization program.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Public Storage building at 5643 N. Broadway and the property to the north of it which contains the used car lot for Northside Toyota at 5657 N. Broadway are both slated for possible acquisition by the city for demolition. These properties will be used as areas to hold equipment and supplies for the massive overhaul. An entire block long strip mall at 4837-4887 N. Broadway that houses about 20 businesses including a Citibank and a SpinCycle laundry is also on the possible demolition list for the same purposes.

The CTA acquisitions also includes parking lots. Those effected in Edgewater/48th ward are part of the Jewel Parking lot at 5343 N. Broadway and the lot at 5033 N. Broadway.

The massive undertaking by the CTA will completely rebuild the Red Line between Lawrence Ave to Bryn Mawr Ave. The acquisition and possible demolition of these large properties shows the scale of the proposed undertaking. Alderman Harry Osterman will be meeting with the CTA in the upcoming week to discuss the impact of the project. Sara Dinges, the 48th Ward Economic Development and Communications point person told EVB that the community will be encouraged to attend not only the community meetings set by the CTA, but also there will be other 48th ward meetings so community residents can be heard.

 


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