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Elmhurst Will Get $2.5 Million Grant From Metra

In exchange for the grant, 125 commuter-designated parking spaces will be assigned from the top down at the Larch deck.

A long-sought $2.5 million from Metra finally will be released to the city of Elmhurst.

The grant, which first was authorized in December 2009, will help pay construction costs of the city's new parking deck at First Street and Larch Avenue. The grant was held up after much-publicized leadership changes at Metra and financial uncertainty from state government.

One stipulation in the deal is that Elmhurst lease to Metra 125 spaces, which will be designated for daily commuter use from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for the next 40 years. City officials get to choose which spaces are leased, but Metra has final approval over the rate Elmhurst charges for designated spots.

Resident Claude Pagacz was not shy when sharing his thoughts on the agreement.

"I think we got a raw deal," he said Monday.

But city officials felt payment from Metra was overdue after more than 18 months of negotiations.

"We had a series of discussions at length with (Metra) and finally re-convinced them and retooled the document. I believe this will be a good form for you to take forward," said Nick Peppers, a partner with City Attorney Don Storino, at the Public Works and Buildings Committee meeting last week. "

The city is expected to assign Metra's 125 spaces at the top of the deck.

Super Concerned Citizen June 23, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Nice retort.
Super Concerned Citizen June 24, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Btw. My plan is to continue to my Bon mots and me and my ilk WILL turn elmhurst back into.a democracy and, as we sit around the bon fire of burning American in loving support of the First amendment, we will relish the sight of the heads of you and other fox news watching zombies pop off and explode with sound and fury demonstrating what was contained inside those heads...nothing
Super Concerned Citizen June 24, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Flags, burnig American flags
Karen Chadra June 24, 2011 at 02:53 AM
Wow. Always keeping it interesting, Bill Angel and Super Concerned Citizen.
Jim Court June 28, 2011 at 12:49 AM
The reality is that we have this garage and we should use it as intelligently as possible in ways that truly benefit our community. If I "complain" it is in the spirit of being constructive, not just to gripe.

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