Don’t go overboard with rehab of Stone Avenue station
Posted Jun 24, 2010 @ 08:22 AM
La Grange, IL —
The village of La Grange identified more than $1 million in outside revenue for its proposed project to restore the Metra commuter train station at Stone Avenue, and it should make do with what’s available in grants.
The three phases of restoration will total about $3 million to complete. Metra has been working to finish its part of the project, reconstructing the platforms and shelters along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line.
The bulk of the grant money to restore the Stone Avenue station is coming from the federal government. U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-3rd District, of Western Springs helped secure about $700,000 in federal funds. An additional $400,000 is coming from the West Suburban Mass Transit District.
La Grange has the option of using about $400,000 of its money, as well, but some officials have recommended that the project be scaled back. They would like to see their part of the project done with the $1.1 million in grant money they have on hand and save the village’s $400,000 for other spending priorities.
We agree. Although some of the additional amenities would be nice, it’s more prudent for La Grange to live within its means and adhere to the $1.1 million budget.
With money tight in a shaky economy, it’s best to err on the side of caution. What other village projects would benefit from that $400,000?
As long as the train station is safe and functional, restoration items totaling no more than $1.1 million should suffice, and officials should stick to that budget.
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