Morgan 'L' designer will take on Cermak
First designs for South Loop station could come in August
05/30/2012 10:00 PM
The CTA’s new ‘L’ station planned for Cermak Road on the Green Line will be designed by the same team that sculpted the just-opened Morgan Station, the architect confirmed this week.
The station, budgeted to cost $50 million, will serve McCormick Place and the planned Motor Row entertainment district that’ll run down Michigan Avenue between Cermak and the Stevenson.
The project’s architect will be Carol Ross Barney, who designed the unique glass and steel station at Morgan. Ross Barney’s office confirmed Tuesday that they had been selected to design the station along with transportation engineer T.Y. Lin, but that all the paperwork had not been signed yet.
Daniel Burke, acting deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Transportation’s engineering division, said at the Morgan Station’s opening last Thursday that a design team would be under contract within two weeks to get started on the station. At the time, he did not mention Ross Barney, and CDOT officials were not available to confirm the architect this week.
Burke said he expected first designs for the station would be presented at a community meeting in August, and plans for the station would be finalized five months after that.
Few details have emerged about the station’s design so far, but at a meeting in March, CTA officials said it was likely to have a center platform between the two tracks, as well as two entrances at Cermak (one north and one south of the street) and an entrance further south at 23rd Street.
The station’s $50 million budget is coming from tax increment financing funds that surround the station. One reason the station is budgeted to be so expensive is because the city is accelerating the project’s timeline, hoping to have it done by the end of 2014. That’s when the Near South TIF fund expires.
The new station is being touted as an asset that would rev up the area, helping make Motor Row a legitimate entertainment district in the city as well as making it easier to get to the convention center.