From the Office of Alderman Harry Osterman:
“April 13th, 2023
I am excited to announce that as part of the CTA Red-Purple Modernization Project, the CTA will be removing the embankment wall to create open space under the new tracks and develop new community spaces and parking in this area. This is a significant and meaningful opportunity for our community to come together and imagine the possibilities for activating this space in a safe, accessible way.
The CTA decided to make this change from the original RPM plan due to a review of how a replacement embankment would hold up over time. It was concluded that a replacement embankment, due to wear and tear, would only deteriorate overtime and need to be replaced at a significant cost to taxpayers. A conceptual rendering of the space underneath the tracks following the embankment removal is to the right. To read the CTA Press release, click here.
This important change from the original RPM plan creates many positive community opportunities for our neighborhood. Some of the possibilities include open-air community spaces, recreation, public art, electric vehicle charging stations, and parking. The project will include added lighting and security cameras to prioritize safety and security in the spaces and the surrounding areas.
Pictured above: A concept image for a community activation area.
The CTA will work closely with Alderwoman-elect Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth on a community design planning process for this space between Ardmore and Lawrence. The CTA will provide funding for this project and will work with community stakeholders, including the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Uptown United, on continued programming and activation.
The idea for the RPM project dates back to 2006-2007 when the 48th Ward community came together for a series of charrettes to reimagine the Red Line, which led to the ‘Rev up the Red’ report on how to renovate the Red Line for the benefit of residents. This was the foundation that supported the RPM project, bringing the community together to imagine the possibilities for public transportation in Edgewater and Uptown. The community process for this project will bring about similar transformative change as we work together to design the space under the Red Line.
…” Click here to view the full report from the source.
NOTE: This update is provided because it contains information relevant to the community and neighborhood in which Park Tower is located, which happens to be provided by the Alderman’s Office for the 48th Ward. It is not intended to demonstrate support for any particular politician, political party, or political message, and is only posted as a convenience to PT Residents who are also residents of the 48th Ward.