West Storefront at Lunt CTA Entrance to be Demolished this Week

Posted: 9/18/2012

Dear Neighbor,

The CTA this week began demolition work on the west storefront at the Lunt entrance to the Morse "L" station.  The structure should be completely demolished by the end of the week.  Once the storefront is demolished, the CTA plans to set aside the area for bicycle parking.

As I reported in July, a close examination of the storefront structure revealed that it is in imminent danger of collapsing. I reviewed the structural engineering report that confirmed the finding. 

The CTA's limited budget did not allow for the construction of a new storefront.   Though the CTA initially planned to leave the area vacant surrounded by a high fence, I convinced them to explore other options for the site.  Together, the CTA and my office developed a plan to create a "bicycle parking lot" for the area.

The bicycle parking will be well-lighted and surrounded by a five-foot wrought iron fence.  For a sketch of the bike parking, click on the link below:

icon Lunt_Bike_Parking_Sketch.pdf (162 KB)

The Lunt entrance to the Morse "L" will be closed today (Tuesday, September 18) and tomorrow (Wednesday, September 19) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to allow for the demolition work.  Temporary fencing will be will installed around the open lot until the bicycle parking lot is completed.    

The east storefront (formerly a coffee shop) is in sound structural condition and will be rehabilitated into useable commercial space as originally planned.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at ward49@cityofchicago.org or contact the CTA directly through Jeff Wilson, the CTA's Government and Community Relations Officer, at jwilson@transitchicago.com.

Sincerely,

Joe Moore

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