[Although I am a member of the Union Station Revitalization Public Advisory Group, this post reflects my personal views and should not be construed as statement by or for that group.]
Updated at 3:00 pm November 16: The geometry of the Moat at the subway connection has been clarified further.
Updated at 6:45 pm November 14: A description of the new treatment of the between the subway station and the GO Concourse has been added.
Today in the Great Hall, Mayor Miller unveiled the latest proposal in the long story of Union Station’s revitalization. I’m not going to delve into this in detail, but want to give an overview to supplement the information on the City’s website.
First, I must talk about what is not in today’s announcement:
- A detailed staging plan for building restoration
- A governance plan for operation of the station as a City property
- A financial plan
Some of this information will come in a report to the Executive Committee meeting of November 26, and some will come separately early in 2008. Today’s announcement sets the stage with a design for what could be. The proposed design draws on work that has gone before, but improves it especially in light of the station’s primary function: a major transportation hub and historic public building. Continue reading