Lipinski, Village Officials Cut Ribbons on Renovations to Stone Avenue Station
Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, came together with La Grange Village President Tom Livingston and Metra CEO Don Orseno, as well as other state officials, for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the village's newly renovated Stone Avenue Station.
During ceremony, which was also attended by local business leaders and community members, Livingston thanked Lipinski for securing a $700,000 earmark in 2009 for the $1.5 million project.
“Seeing this beautiful, historic local landmark finally restored, I am very happy to have been able to bring the money home to make it possible," Rep. Lipinski said in a new release. "As a strong supporter of public transportation, it is great to see this restoration combined with the addition of several user-friendly modern enhancements that will benefit the over one thousand daily commuters that make this one of the busiest stations on the Burlington Northern line.”
Stone Avenue Station was designed by local architect John Tilton and built in 1901. It was designated as a local landmark by the La Grange Area Historical Society in 1971. After years of neglect, the La Grange Board of Trustees identified renovating the platform and structure as an important strategic objective of the village. The station is considered one of La Grange's more identifiable landmarks.
Construction on renovation efforts began in fall 2013, and were the result of a collaboration between the village of La Grange, Metra, BNSF Railway. The new facility includes a careful and historically respectful rehabilitation of the structure, according to the release. New features include accessibility upgrades, the addition of a "kiss and ride" area and improved bicycle facilities.
“Stone Avenue Station is very important to La Grange and surrounding communities,” said Livingston. “Thanks to Congressman Lipinski, the village can continue to build on its image as a transit oriented community. We’re looking forward to making additional upgrades to the area around the station in the coming months and years.”
The village secured $385,000 in grant funding through Metra using West Suburban Mass Transit District funds and $700,000 in federal funding by Congressman Lipinski for interior and exterior improvements at the station, according to the village's website.
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