13th Police District staff moves and station will be demolished in October


13th District--Wood Street Station

Chicago's 13th District Police--Wood Street Station is scheduled for the wrecking ball shortly after staff moves to the new Racine and Blue Island facilities where the 12th and 13th Police Districts become one in October.

A five person 1st Ward team appointed by Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno met with representatives of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, Park District, Police Department, Buildings and Housing and Economic Development earlier this week. The decision to close the station and tear it down came shortly thereafter. The City announced that the Park District is to be given the land.

According to Ronda Locke from the Alderman's office, the Park District has $400,000 to put into the space. It is scheduled to be a passive green space.

Next steps for the 1st Ward team are to solicit more ideas for land usage. They encourage everyone to fill out the current survey. Prior to the announcement 351 people responded. Of those, 40% wanted the building re-used and 50% wanted it demolished for use as an outdoor space. Very few wanted it as a condo development.

To date, 78 people have offered assistance with this issue. The team has additional meetings planned during which they will be crafting a second survey asking for suggestions specifically about open space. Suggestions, so far, have included community garden space, water features, etc. Public meetings will be set to address this new challenge.

Though the City had apparently decided, earlier in the year, to tear the station down, the  five-person team was determined to review the possible re-use of the Wood St. building. They inspected the building and held several meetings. Composed of two architects, Peter Frisbee and Grace Rappe, as well as Audrey Rath, Catherine Garypie and Ronda Locke, the team determined the renovations would probably cost between $4 to 6 million. Part of the work would have to include repairing a water problem in the basement  which has gone on for years. The source was never identified and therefore not repaired because of probable costs. Daily the station engineer has to vacuum out the water.

Once the second survey is available, we will post a link.



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