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Metro to explore the future of Union Station; make a plan for change by 2050

By Andrew Lopez
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at 03:43PM
Courtesy of Metro

Metro will look to the future of Union Station now that they have narrowed down the list of potential teams who will shape what the transportation hub will look like in 2050.

A public meeting will take place at Union Station, Wednesday, April 25, to begin discussions of what the future holds for the historic transportation hub.

Mayor and Metro chairman Antonio Villaraigosa will join other elected officials in the Old Ticket Room at 1 p.m. as six architecture firms and teams unveil their “vision boards” of what Union Station might look like in 2050.

While the teams who are up for the bid are taking the presentations very seriously, Metro spokeswoman Gayle Anderson said the meeting is also a way of beginning public talks about the station’s possibilities -- both structurally and economically.

It will also begin a timeline for the project, Anderson said.

She added that because Union Station is historically preserved, the interior would not change much, but the additions would come in the form of new buildings and restaurants around the station.

Anderson pointed to the 40-acres of property extending past the station as an area that could be utilized in the architects’ vision.

The six teams vying for the bid were recommended by Metro at the end of last year.

Metro, who purchased the station in April 2011, will make its final recommendation to the board on June 28 in regards to which team will be selected. Upon approval, the Master Planning process could be completed in as soon as two years, Anderson said.

The boards will be on display for the public to view until 5 p.m. Those who can’t make it to the meeting will be able to view the architectural visions online at the Metro website.

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