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Study Description

This University Park Transit-Oriented Development Planning Study recommends the establishment of mixed use development in the station area that would also functionally connect the east and west sides of the Village. The plan also recommends improved connections among Village neighborhoods, Governors State University and the station. The study was completed in September 2002.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2000
Project Type(s):Transit-Oriented Development Plan
Grantee:Village of University Park
Current Activities:The Village is exploring ways to incentivize development around the Metra station as well as near Governors State University. Currently the Village is working on various road improvement projects, especially improving Stuenkel Road with new pavement and a 10' multi-use path connecting GSU to Metra. IDOT constructed a new interchange at I-57 and Stuenkel Road which improves road access to GSU and the Village. Governors State University transitioned to a 4-year college in the Fall of 2014, which will bring an estimated 12,000 students to the area each year. A 3-phase, 10-building student housing project called Prairie Place is currently being constructed on campus to provide on-site housing. With this new housing comes the anticipated need for retail/commercial food opportunities. In advance of the University's expansion, the Village worked with the RTA to convene an RTA/ULI Developer Discussion Panel to solicit guidance and advice on ways to attract investment in the TOD area and near campus. This panel convened in March 2014. A summary of the discussion can be found in the Study Documents section below.

In early 2015, the RTA applied for CMAQ funds on behalf of the Village, via the RTA's Access to Transit Improvement Program, for pedestrian improvements along Pace Route 367, which connects to the Metra station and Governors State University. The project was chosen for CMAQ funding in fall of 2015 as part of the RTA's combined application.
Information Updated:June 2017
SourceInitial PlanDeveloper PanelTOD Plan UpdateTotal
Study Documents
University Park Developer Discussion Panel Summary Report (April, 2014)
University Park Transit-Oriented Development Study (September, 2002)
Related Studies
University Park Developer Discussion Panel (2013)
University Park TOD Plan Update (2020)
Related Transit Assets
Metra Stations:University Park (Elec-ML) accessible
Related Jurisdictions
Municipalities:University Park
US Congressional Districts:2 Robin Kelly
Illinois Senate Districts:40 Patrick J. Joyce
Illinois House Districts:80 Anthony DeLuca
County Board Districts:Will 1
Chicago Wards:none
Councils of Mayors:South
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