July 29, 2013
Dear Business Owner,
I am writing to reach out to you about two upcoming construction projects that may impact your business. These projects will not be of the length or scope of the construction we all endured last summer, but will still impact our downtown. In August, the Village plans to repave the Metra Lot. We also recently learned that BNSF plans to repair the railroad crossing, which will shut down Prospect Avenue at the crossing for several weeks. Both projects are explained in detail below and are expected to take place in August.
Metra Station Parking Lot Repaving:
The first project is the repaving of the Metra Station Parking lot. Tentatively, this project is scheduled to begin on or about August 19th. The lot is in a state of disrepair. Last year we were awarded a grant from West Suburban Mass Transit to cover 2/3rds of the cost of this project. The work will involve the complete shutdown of the Metra station parking lot for approximately two weeks.
Fortunately, the Village has arranged for the temporary usage of the property that is currently vacant at the corner of Walker and Park Avenues for commuter parking during the construction. This lot will only be available to individuals with Metra Station Parking Permits per the request of the property owner. Permit holders will also be encouraged to utilize unused meter spots on Burlington and Railroad Avenues during this period. There should be no direct impact on parking on Prospect Avenue, Eastern, or Park Avenue during this project.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe/Prospect Avenue Crossing Improvements:
The Village was recently made aware that Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad plans to add the Prospect Avenue crossing to a series of crossing improvements they plan to conduct this year, beginning on or about August 23rd. The rubber pad that runs along the tracks has deteriorated severely and could pose a safety hazard to both pedestrians and emergency vehicles if not repaired. BNSF plans to replace it with a concrete pad similar to what was recently installed at the Garfield Avenue crossing in Hinsdale and Cass Avenue crossing in Westmont. Unfortunately, this project will require Prospect Avenue to be completely shut down for approximately 10 days at the location of the crossing. Each of the three railway lines will also be closed in succession during this process. Per BNSF, there is no way to maintain even one lane of traffic during this process. All vehicular traffic will be rerouted to Cass Avenue and/or Hinsdale during this period. Pedestrian access will also be limited to the unsignaled pedestrian crossing east of Prospect Avenue near the station building.
The Village recognizes that this construction will impact business during this period. We would like to invite you to an open house on Wednesday August 7th at 9am at Village Hall to discuss what can be done to minimize the potential negative impact of these projects and to help everyone understand the process. In particular, we would like to seek your feedback on whether business owners would prefer that these two projects occur simultaneously, or at two different times. While we cannot move the BNSF project, we do have the ability to move the start date of parking lot project.
If you cannot attend the meeting on August 7th, and if you have additional thoughts or concerns about this project, please call us at (630) 286-5401 so we can arrange a time to meet with you personally. We want to speak with a representative of each business on this issue, if possible.
Should you have any additional questions about the project, please feel free to contact me at 630-286-5404 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Public Works Director Mike Millette at 630-286-4752 or email@example.com. We also encourage you to contact us during the upcoming construction projects with any questions or concerns you might have.
Thank you in advance for your patience during these projects.
Village of Clarendon Hills sends a letter to the downtown business owners regarding upcoming construction in the village. The Metra lot and the train crossing will be closed for the consturction