|Proposal for the space under the new Wilson L tracks behind Aldi and the McJunkin Building on Broadway|
via the Wilson L Public Space Committee:
Imagine the WILSON UNDERLINE, a space that reclaims a forgotten landscape below the Wilson 'L' tracks, transforming a dark and dingy corridor into a vibrant, safe, lively and welcoming public amenity.
The Wilson L Public Space Committee, Graceland Wilson Neighbors Association and Uptown United are proud to share the WILSON UNDERLINE: www.wilsonunderline.com as well as a public input survey waiting for your feedback: http://wilsonunderline.com/survey
The groups have been working closely over the past year to incorporate recommendations made by the Metropolitan Planning Council and UIC’s TOD Design Studio (commissioned by the CTA) to create a vibrant, safe, lively, pedestrian friendly and transit-oriented public space that will enhance the final Wilson L renovation project. This is in contrast to the current plans calling for a fenced-in parking lot.
Over the last year the groups have worked to incorporate feedback from the community stakeholders and property owners adjacent to the site. The final design proposal incorporates a broad range of helpful feedback from these entities.
The proposed WILSON UNDERLINE design includes:
--Bike activation zones (1 larger at the main station, 2 smaller at the Sunnyside entrance)
--Playful, linear striped asphalt paving, clearly marking pedestrian pathways
--More green space! Beautiful, in-ground landscape areas with sustainable plantings
--Dynamic understructure LED lighting (similar to Wabash lighting recently installed in the Loop)
--Lit column banners with local historical art showcasing Uptown
--A food truck area with moveable picnic table seating
--Newly striped and organized parking for Aldi (50 spaces), the McJunkin building (35 spaces) and an additional 20 “flex” parking spaces
Please review the current plans in contrast to the WILSON UNDERLINE proposal at: www.wilsonunderline.com
We want to know what you think! Please take our public input survey here and help cast a vision for what this space becomes in the future:
Questions? Contact The Wilson ‘L’ Public Space Committee at: WILSONUNDERLINE@gmail.com