CTA meetings set for Wilson station reconstruction, Western BRT alternatives

Here's a rundown of some important CTA public meetings coming up over the next few weeks:

Wilson station reconstruction. When: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 11. Where: main lobby, Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. What: An open house to gather public input on details and renderings of the proposed reconstructed Wilson Red Line station.

Scope of work will include:

  • Restoration of the terra cotta exterior from the historic 1923 Gerber Building
  • A rebuilt stationhouse with elevators and other modern amenities
  • New transfer platforms
  • Structural and viaduct work.

Demolition work is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2013 with construction continuing through 2015. The station will remain open for the duration of the $203 million construction project. See more information on the website of 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman, who provided the draft rendering photos.

Western and Ashland Corridor bus rapid transit (BRT) project. When: Oct. 16 at Iglesia Rebano Church, 2435 W. Division;  Oct. 17 at Lindblom Math and Science Academy, 6130 S. Wolcott; and Oct. 18 at Lane Tech College Prep High School, 2501 W. Addison St. Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each day.  What: An open house update meeting on the alternative analysis study for this BRT project.

The specific purpose of this meeting is to:

  • Present updates on the ongoing Alternatives Analysis process and share results of the second phase of analysis.
  • Provide additional information to the public about the project.
  • Solicit feedback from the community on the project.

The study area extends approximately 21 miles along Western and Ashland Avenues, from Howard Street on the north to 95th Street on the south.


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  • 1. I know it won't end up looking the drawings as the CTA will cut costs everywhere & make it cheap looking while wasting millions on the thoroughly useless Gerber Building which will probably partially collapse during its reconstruction & thus cause that portion of the cost to skyrocket.
    2. I wonder how long Broadway will be closed to replace that portion of the trestle structure with a new bridge.
    When the viaduct for Chicago Ave. in Evanston was replaced, Chicago was closed for at least a month. The basic steel structure was trucked in from Eau Claire & sat in the street in several sections for most of that time.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    In that they already have drawings (according to the Sun-Times), what Cheryl said yesterday applies to whether any "public input" will have any difference.

  • In reply to jack:

    It's an update meeting. Any public input is unintended gravy if it's useable.

    "An open house update meeting on the alternative analysis study for this BRT project."

  • In reply to wegerje:

    Ooops. Wrong topic. Sorry.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    You're still going on and on about the Gerber building you don't like, even though the last time you mentioned it, nobody agreed with you. Some people like to preserve the heritage of the communities they live in instead of knocking it all down and making it sterile, cookie cutter like buildings.

  • In reply to chris:

    Maybe to get back to Scooter, but relevant here, is that my takeaway from the pictures here and on the ST is that they are saving the Gerber building (again Osterman is quoted as saying that they want to turn it into a market), and otherwise it is exactly the same job as Fullerton and Belmont (except put on new r.o.w.). Probably means that any street closures will be comparable to Fullerton and Belmont, too.

  • In reply to jack:

    Sorry, Cappleman. http://www.suntimes.com/news/15545443-418/cta-plans-for-203-million-makeover-of-wilson-l-station-unveiled.html

  • In reply to jack:

    One important difference to note is that the ROW around Wilson is much larger than either Belmont or Fullerton, even after the property acquisitions. Material and Machinery staging should be less complicated allowing for fewer road closures.

  • In reply to untitledreality:

    Well, for one thing, Broadway is really wide at that stretch, so they could shut down 1/2 the lanes and still have traffic flowing in both directions. I suspect the stating won't be too hard.

  • In reply to chris:

    Yes I'm still going on about this!
    The truly fugly Gerber Building is over 100 years old & for the last 50 years, there has been little to no maintenance.
    I expect that during the reconstruction of this building, they will find massive damage to it that will require many millions to essentially tear it down & rebuild it from scratch!

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    So, go to the meeting and tell them.

    But, as Cheryl said 21 hours 5 minutes ago....

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    In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    It probably won't happen. Heck, I think whoever owns the Gerber Building will probably spite you by maintaining the building to a degree of mediocrity and then keeping it open for ANOTHER 100 years! Ha!

  • If, after 65 years, CTA didn't inherit it from CRT or CNS&M, I would be totally shocked. There never has been an indication that CTA would renovate someone else's building, and this building is certainly an integral part of the existing station (and probably has been so for 105 years).

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    So looking at the pics of the new station it looks like there are four platforms. A new Purple Line stop?

  • In reply to Ian Macdonald:

    That's what was implied by calling it a "transfer station" and referring to "transfer platforms."

  • Going to these meetings would be a complete waste of time. The CTA doesn't listen to the people who use it.

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