LA GRANGE – A $1 million-renovation project for the historic Stone Avenue Train Station is on hold – and the deadline for getting it done is nearing.
In December, the village received six bids for the project, which would preserve historic elements to the station – a limestone structure built in 1901 – and also include accessibility enhancements. But all bids exceeded the allotted budget and were therefore rejected.
Village staff then worked with the project's architect, Legat Architects, to reduce the scope of the project before asking for new bids. But, the only bidder to submit a bid within budget did not meet one of the project's requirements – that the contract go to a business qualifying as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise.
That requirement exists because the project is funded by a $700,000 federal grant, in addition to a $385,000 grant from the West Suburban Mass Transit District. To use the grants, the village must complete the project by September 2014.
“We’re running out of both time and money on this whole process here," said Trustee David McCarty, who added that construction costs have increased in the past half-year, which could make it difficult for the village to receive a bid within budget.
To ensure that it can find one, the village has considered again reducing the scope of the project, possibly by having aluminum gutters installed instead of copper ones, as the structure originally had.