FOX RIVER GROVE – The number of hours the Fox River Grove Metra station’s indoor warming building is open will be reduced within a week because of recent vandalism, the village president said.
Currently, the station is open from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Village President Bob Nunamaker said the plan is to have the station close after the 10:11 a.m. train to Chicago and reopen at 5 a.m.
Signs have been torn from walls, display cases have been ripped off the wall and locks have been jammed, among other things, Nunamaker said.
“We’ve been the victim of tremendous vandalism,” he said.
The indoor warming area was part of a $3.5 million project to update and expand the village’s Metra station. The area included vendor space and bathrooms. The station also includes a second warming area at the east end of the platform.
Security cameras have yet to be installed and will require connecting to Comcast lines across Route 14, Nunamaker said.
Also, Sheryl Glenn Murray, who owns the Morning Grind Cafe at the Pingree Road Station, plans to open a new location at the Fox River Grove Metra station. The business is expected to open within a few weeks, Nunamaker said.
After that point, the warming building will be open the same hours as the business operates, he said.
“It’s very disappointing,” Nunamaker said.
Nunamaker said it’s the responsibility of the village to make repairs up to $5,000.
“It’s such a weird time of year to have vandalism,” said Village Trustee Michael Schiestel. “Usually, if someone is homeless and needs a place to stay, they don’t rip the handles off the wall.”