Joliet begins planning downtown transit-oriented development around Gateway Transportation Center

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

The City of Joliet and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have kicked off of the planning process to create the Downtown Joliet Equitable Transit Oriented Development (ETOD) plan – a blueprint for improving areas surrounding the Joliet Gateway Transportation Center.

In addition, the plan will identify strategies to enhance development opportunities in the area while ensuring the station area contributes to a welcoming and active downtown.

“The city has discussed evaluating development options at the former Lyons Lumberyard property and surrounding area for several years,” said City planner Jayne Bernhard. “With the continued public and private investment in this area of our downtown, the city acted on a grant opportunity from the Regional Transportation Authority in late 2022 to formally study this area for future development opportunities and overall enhancements to the area surrounding our transportation center.”

Public input is being invited and the project website will include progress updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming workshops.

The entire process is expected to take about a year.

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