Permits have been issued for the upcoming Green Line CTA station located at 2001 W Lake Street in the Near West Side. YIMBY previously reported on the upcoming stop which will service the growing west side area, as well as the nearby United Center. The project has experienced several setbacks in the timeline mainly due to budgeting issues. The station was announced in 2017 and was originally planned to open in 2020.
As previously reported the new station designs come from local firm Perkins+Will and will include art from Folayemi (Fo) Wilson. The station plans feature large trusses painted green to help integrate the line with the design. The entrance will be located on the southwest corner of W Lake Street and N Damen Avenue.
The budget for the project ended up being $80.2 million for the new station, which was an increase from the original $72.9 million that was initially announced in 2017. The original cost amount is still being covered by state funding and Kinzie Industrial Corridor Tax Increment Financing (TIF). As we reported last year, the contract was awarded to F.H. Paschen in October. With these permits issued construction will begin with an estimated 18 months to complete.
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What’s the broader plan for the immediate area around the station? Or will this be typical Chicago situation where it’s a free-for-all with no neighborhood visioning or planning?
Lets hope CTA doesn’t go with the contracter that built that nightmare @ Washington/Wabash. That looked like they went with the lowest bidder and quit and had no choice but to put up ad in Craigslist: construction workers needed ( no experience is acceptable)
I believe the initial design did not provide any direct access to the westbound platform. It was to be reached only by elevator/escalator up & over the tracks from the main SW corner entrance. I hope this is NOT the case; it would be colossally stupid — and assume unsafe in an emergency.