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Amtrak Board Designates Chicago Master Developer

Amtrak Media Center - May 25, 2017
CHICAGO – Amtrak has designated a team lead by Riverside Investment & Development Co. as the Master Developer for commercial elements of Chicago Union Station (CUS) and neighboring Amtrak-owned properties. Amtrak President and CEO Wick Moorman made the announcement this morning at CUS with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, other stakeholders and civic leaders.


The initial conceptual design proposed by Riverside, in conjunction with co-developer and co-venture partner Convexity Properties – a DRW Company, includes three phases projected to be completed in about six years. Key project priorities include improved street entrances and pedestrian traffic flow entering and leaving Union Station, as well as improved pedestrian-friendly landscaping and open spaces.


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Mayor Emanuel, Amtrak and other Union Station Partners Announce Redevelopment Plan Designated as USDOT Emerging Project

Amtrak Media Center - January 10, 2017
CHICAGO – The City of Chicago’s ambitious plans to modernize and transform Chicago Union Station and the surrounding West Loop area received a major boost today with the announcement by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Amtrak, Metra and the RTA that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Build America Bureau and the City of Chicago are entering into an Emerging Projects Agreement (EmPA), under which Chicago can work closely with USDOT with the ultimate goal of seeking up to $1 billion in federal funding for the project.


“Today marks a major step forward both in the future of Union Station, and in the economic life of our city,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “This modernization effort will improve the experience for everyone who travels through Union Station and tap the potential that the station has to serve as an anchor for further economic development of the West Loop and surrounding neighborhoods. I want to thank Secretary Foxx and the Build America Bureau for acknowledging the significance of this project and for all of our partners who have been working for the past several years to help get us to this point today.”


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Amtrak Narrows the Search for a Chicago Master Developer

Photo Credit: Amtrak / Chuck Gomez

Amtrak Media Relations - September 12, 2016
CHICAGO — Amtrak has narrowed the field to four teams that will compete to be selected as Master Developer for commercial elements of Chicago Union Station (CUS) and other neighboring properties, all owned by Amtrak.


The Amtrak-owned area within the RFQ is 14.07 acres, which includes 613,075 square feet of total land area and 1,328,804 total square feet of building area, in addition to 1,679 parking spaces and approximately 3,000,000 total buildable square feet of excess air-rights.

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Amtrak and Partners Announce Design Team for Chicago Union Station

Amtrak Media Relations - July 11, 2016
Global interdisciplinary consulting and design services firm Arup brings extensive experience in rail service redevelopment to project


CHICAGO — The restoration of Chicago Union Station took a significant step forward today, as Amtrak, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago area transportation leaders from Metra, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced plans to begin the next phase of planning, historic review and preliminary engineering for the historic transportation hub. The selection of the Arup team will bring international and regional experience in the design and renovation of transportation infrastructure, to the Union Station project.

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Amtrak Goes to Industry for a Master Developer for Chicago Union Station

Amtrak Media Relations - May 24, 2016
Response to Request for Qualifications required for consideration


CHICAGO — Amtrak is taking the next step toward selecting a Master Developer for commercial elements of Chicago Union Station (CUS) and neighboring properties by seeking responses to a Request For Qualification (RFQ) now posted at procurement.Amtrak.com.

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Amtrak Announces Comprehensive Development and Improvement Program for Chicago Union Station

Amtrak Media Relations - October 16, 2015
Advances Master Plan, Seeks Developer and Releases 2016 Work Plan


CHICAGO — As part of the ongoing work to improve Chicago Union Station, Amtrak, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago area transportation leaders from Metra and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) announced today a set of initiatives aimed at advancing the master plan to redevelop the station. The initiatives announced today include a Request for Proposal (RFP) for designing the major improvements and a Request for Information (RFI) for a master developer to lead redevelopment efforts.


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