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updated: 5/10/2013 6:44 PM

Downtown Des Plaines train station to get facelift

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The Des Plaines city council recently awarded the contract for remodeling the downtown Metra train station to the lowest bidder, Tuscany Construction Inc., of Addison, for a total of $555,800, which includes a 15 percent contingency fee of $72,495. The project involves remodeling bathrooms, refinishing woodwork, new terrazzo flooring and benches, combining a storage area and coffee shop into one space for a future coffee shop, adding a vending area, new lighting inside and outside the building, new outdoor seating area in the northeast side of the station, and new windows and doors. The city budgeted $500,000 for the project this year. The work is being funded through the city's Tax Increment Financing District No. 1 revenues. Officials said they will go out to bid next year for a few remodeling items that were removed from the project this year for cost reasons.

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