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With Red Line Rebuild Nearing, CTA To Hold Meeting To Discuss Post-Construction Strategy

The CTA is in the planning stages of Phase 1 of the Red and Purple Modernization transit construction project. The ambitious project will completely overhaul the line between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr Avenues including new tracks, support structures/bridges, ADA-compliant stations with wider platforms, better lighting and advanced safety features.

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in conjunction with the Chicago Department of Planning and Development will be holding a meeting on November 8 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway to get community feedback about the process. 

The purpose of this Transit Oriented Development study is to discuss and get community-driven input as to the redevelopment of land required for the transit construction project that will be be vacant after the rebuild is complete. That land will be acquired and used as areas to hold equipment and supplies for the massive overhaul. The meeting is the second of three community forums to discuss strategies.

The Public Storage building at 5643 N. Broadway and the property to the north of it which contained a used car lot at 5657 N. Broadway are both slated for possible acquisition by the city for demolition. 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. The CTA acquisitions also include parking lots and vacant land. Those effected in Edgewater are part of the Jewel Parking lot at 5343 N. Broadway and the lot at 5033 N. Broadway.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the study
  • Review study area planning principles
  • Consider redevelopment site concepts
  • Talk one-on-one with the CTA study team
  • Provide feedback and input on the overall vision for the plan

The project’s ground breaking is expected in late 2018 and should take four to five years to complete. Some of the five red line station effected by the rebuild could be closed for some, if not all of that time.

According to the CTA, they will narrowing down their list of potential contractors to do the rebuild by year’s end. Those companies will then be asked to submit a final proposal in early 2018. the winning bid will be based on cost, experience and other factors.

The $1.9 billion dollar Red and Purple Modernization Program will be the CTA’s largest capital improvement undertaking in their history. The project is expected to generate 5,700 jobs.

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