WASHINGTON PARK — The CTA has picked Walsh Construction for the $25.9 million contract to redo the Garfield Boulevard Green Line station.
Work is set to start next year on the $50 million project to revamp the historic station, the oldest in the city, in order to have it open by 2019.
The CTA will pay to restore the exterior of the station, with Theaster Gates under lease to develop the interior with the University of Chicago.
The station will get a major overhaul with much of it being completely rebuilt. News bus drop-off areas, escalators and stairs, bike racks and more will be added.
“We are happy to be moving forward with the Garfield Gateway Project, which will rejuvenate and transform the Washington Park neighborhood,” CTA President Dorval R. Carter said in an announcement of the contract being awarded.
“The upgrades being made to this iconic station will boost the development that’s already taking place throughout the area and provide sustainable, good-paying jobs to the local community.”
The work is partially supported through a $25 million federal grant.