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Apple to spend $4 million on Chicago subway station

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Mon October 26, 2009

Renovation meant to aid new Apple Store

Apple has agreed to spend over $4 million on renovating a Chicago subway station, according to Chicago Business. The station is situated near the intersection of North and Clybourn, where Apple is set to build another retail store for the city, measuring some 15,000 square feet with design by long-time partner Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The lease on the real estate is expected to cost Apple at least $700,000 annually.

The company's interest in funding the renovations is said to lay not in charity, but in attracting visitors by improving the outward appearance of the surrounding neighborhood. Apple has also secured the rights to buy all advertising space at the station, as well as claim first refusal on buying a name, should the Chicago Transit Authority decide to sell one. The CTA is believed to be allowing the transaction as means of avoiding fare hikes or service cuts, which could be enacted in order to cover a projected 2010 budget deficit of $178 million.

Few dramatic changes are expected to be made to the station, which was originally built in the 1940s. The one exception is an abandoned bus lane between the station and the upcoming Apple Store, which will be turned into an open, landscaped space. Apple is said to be working directly with the CTA on changes.




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  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    The Free Market

    A precise example of how the free market would work with a drastically smaller govt. We do not need public funds for rail, the private sector will do a better, faster, cheaper job.

  1. Roger@MacNN

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    The "free" market

    I would say it's a better example of underfunding, driven by a desire to avoid politically unpopular fee/tax hikes, while at the same time giving tax breaks and subsidies to major corporations.

  1. broohaha22

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    This station's been a dump for a while

    I guess that's one good way for CTA to try to save money. That station's been in need of some serious renovation....

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    ATS...

    All aboard Apple Transit System!

    - A

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Re: the free market

    Right you are! Of course, it will only work in the 'ritzy' neighborhoods where companies that could afford it will spend the money, not for public good but just so it helps their store look better.

    And we should get the gov't to stop spending money on the road systems too. Because we know the private sector will step in and fix those up as well...

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