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Study Description

The Village of Morton Grove Commuter Station Location Analysis prepared redevelopment scenarios for the Lehigh/Ferris area that included recommendations for high density residential, improvements to commuter rail station facilities and the expansion of commuter parking. The study also determined that relocating the existing commuter station and realigning Lehigh Avenue was not feasible. Realigning Lincoln Avenue at Ferris to cross the tracks at a 90-degree angle is recommended and the preferred alternative.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2000
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan
Grantee:Village of Morton Grove
Current Activities:In 2010, the Village received an ITEP grant for $446,600 to help defray the cost of a realignment of Lincoln Avenue to mitigate traffic and safety issues at the at-grade crossing, a recommendation from the study. The Village is still searching for funding to complete this project. The Woodlands (320 condominiums and 78 townhomes) was built across from the Metra Station starting in 2002. Trafalgar Square (75 condominiums and 33 townhomes) was built just southeast of the Metra Station in 2005. The Homestead at Morton Grove, a senior apartment development with 82 units, was completed in 2012. In 2015, a 31-unit rowhome development called Lexington Station was completed on Concord Drive, to the east of the Metra station.

In March of 2016 the Village released an RFP seeking proposals for the redevelopment of two municipally-owned sites at 8500 & 8550 Lehigh Avenue, which include a total of approximately 1.5 acres of land area. These sites are located just south of the intersection of Lehigh and Lincoln Avenues and are directly across the street from the Morton Grove Metra Commuter Rail Station. These sites are within the Lehigh Ferris Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District.

In summer of 2017 the Village Board approved a residential development on a vacant property in the TOD district, two blocks north of the Metra station. Located at Capulina and Ferris Avenues, the project consists of 36 townhomes, built on formerly vacant land that is partially owned by the Village. In addition, a townhome project - 'Lexington Homes' has been under construction since February 2018 and is anticipated to be complete in October 2019. The project consists of 36 units and 89 parking spaces at Capulina/Ferris.
Information Updated:September 2019
SourceInitial PlanDeveloper PanelTOD Zoning Code UpdateTotal
Study Documents
Morton Grove Commuter Station Location Analysis: Lehigh/Ferris Subarea Plan (October, 2002)
Related Studies
Morton Grove TOD Zoning Update (2016)
Morton Grove Developer Discussion Panel (2016)
Related Transit Assets
Metra Stations:Morton Grove (Milw-N) accessible
Related Jurisdictions
Municipalities:Morton Grove
US Congressional Districts:9 Jan Schakowsky
Illinois Senate Districts:8 Ram Villivalam
Illinois House Districts:15 John C. D'Amico, 16 Yehiel M. Kalish
County Board Districts:Cook 13
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:North Shore
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