Both Loyola University and the CTA will begin their joint project in late spring to remodel the Loyola Red Line station.
The long-awaited project will move the entrance north on Sheridan Avenue surrounded by a plaza. The renovation will start in late May and last about a year, according to a report in the Loyola Phoenix student newspaper. The building currently housing a McDonald's and Harris Bank will be demolished to make room for the plaza. The bank move to the Granada Center. McDonald's "is not interested in staying," said a Loyola spokesperson.
At the same time, the CTA will be adding kiosks, new flooring, lighting, stairs and turnstiles, and repairing the viaduct. Here's a CTA video about the renovation.
Loyola will cover costs for the new plaza. The university hopes to direct pedestrian traffic away from the cross walk directly in front of the current station entrance to Loyola Avenue a bit further north.
"The entire thing is being done because the crosswalk is very unsafe," Loyola spokesperson Jennifer Clark told the Phoenix. She said northbound drivers on Sheridan Road are often surprised by the red light signaling them to stop for pedestrians. It can't be seen until after passing under the viaduct, leaving an insufficient stopping distance for cars.
"We know students, cars and people get hit every single day," Clark said, noting that accidents are usually minor and go unreported to police.