A beautiful new entry plaza now welcomes CTA commuters to the Loyola “L” station. The opening of the plaza marked the conclusion of a $20 million renovation project that brought much-needed improvements to both the Loyola station house and the viaduct over Sheridan Road (photos courtesy of Kevin O’Neil, CTA Tattler).
To celebrate the occasion, I will host a“Satellite Service Office” at the plaza,tomorrow (Wednesday, September 4th) from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. My staff and I will be offering complimentary coffee and donuts and taking service requests. Stop by on your way to work, say hello and enjoy a beautiful new addition to the neighborhood!
A building that housed a small McDonald’s restaurant and a branch bank was demolished to make way for the plaza.
The Loyola station rebuild was a joint effort of the CTA, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Loyola University. U.S. Senator Dick Durbinhelped get the project off the ground by securing $11 million in federal funds.
The project stabilized existing infrastructure, upgraded the station house, and improved pedestrian safety by redirecting pedestrian traffic away from a mid-block Sheridan Road crossing in front of the station to a safer four-way signalized intersection at Loyola Avenue and Sheridan (see photo on left). The main entrance was relocated slightly north to allow for the new plaza, which created a more inviting path in and out of the station, with better visibility.
The upgraded Loyola Station provides CTA commuters a bright, new ground-level station house with safer, more convenient access from Sheridan Road on the north side of the station. It also provides commuters with easier access from Loyola Avenue on the south and west sides of the station. The project also rehabilitated the viaduct across Sheridan Road, providing concrete repairs, new trackwork and brighter lighting.
The current Loyola station was built in 1980-82, and was among the first CTA stations to be equipped with an elevator.
While the Loyola station rehab and the new plaza are complete, construction continues on a four-story, mixed use building immediately north of the new plaza (see rendering on the left). The building, owned by Loyola University, will contain approximately 15,000 square feet of first-floor retail space and house 41 one-bedroom apartments.
The building is scheduled for occupancy next summer.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the plaza!