An artist's rendering of the planned Peterson Ridge Metra station. (Image courtesy of Metra)
Updated: June 23, 2014 10:40AM
A new Metra station in Edgewater will break ground next spring — a year later than originally hoped — as the commuter rail agency continues a longer-than-anticipated legal process to acquire land for the project.
Last fall, Metra expected construction on a new Union Pacific-North station at Peterson and Ridge would begin as soon as spring 2014.
But construction has not yet begun, according to Metra spokesman Michael Gillis, who called last year’s timetable an “estimate.”
“The process has been taking longer than we anticipated, primarily the land acquisition,” Gillis said.
Metra is acquiring property owned by the Chicago Housing Authority from 6072 to 6086 N. Ridge and from 1776 to 1784 W. Peterson, and Union Pacific property from 5900 to 6043 N. Ravenswood.
Metra now plans for the project to go out to bid later this year, then wait for better weather and begin construction to start in spring 2015, Gillis said. Construction on the $15 million North Side station will take a year.
Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) in 2011 announced he had secured $10 million in funding for the station, while the additional $5 million will be acquired through state bonds.
The station will include entrances from both the north and south and will feature a warming house for commuters.
Lisa Hand, president of the organization West Edgewater Area Residents, said she’s relieved about the delay because neighbors still have plenty of questions about the project.
“There hasn’t been a [recent] community meeting about the entire development of this issue. I think neighbors might actually be relieved that it’s not happening right now because they did have some concerns about parking, traffic, and what’s going to happen to a community garden,” Hand said.
Hand said her organization hopes to meet with Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th) within the next few weeks to get some of those questions answered.