City and state officials, including executive director and CEO of Metra Don Orseno, State Rep. Luis Arroyo, Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Ald. Milly Santiago (31st), convened for a ground breaking ceremony Monday.
The project, which is being paid for through Metra's state bond program, is expected to be completed in about one year.
Under the project, crews will gut the existing deteriorating station, 4014 W. Fullerton Ave., and install new platforms, shelters with on-demand heat, structural steel, ramps, stairs and railings, as well as LED lighting, gutters and a storm sewer system.
Once complete, the station will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The project also includes painting and waterproofing the rail bridge over Fullerton Avenue.
At the groundbreaking ceremony, Arroyo said artwork is planned for the viaduct walls, including one honoring the Chicago Cubs and the other honoring a Puerto Rican U.S. Army regiment known as "The Borinqueneers," according to the Tribune.
The Healy station sees about 24 inbound and 24 outbound Milwaukee North trains each weekday. It's used by about 325 passengers daily.
Hermosa is continuing to attract more young homebuyers who can't afford to live in neighboring Logan Square. The Metra station is about five minutes away via car from the popular 606 trail.