PATCO’s oft-forgotten Franklin Square Station, which has been closed for nearly 40 years, is getting a tune-up and an opening date.
The station at Seventh and Race streets is slated for a $26 million renovation project, which will wrap up in December of 2022. PATCO recently released renderings for the new station, saying it will include a green roof and daylighting design.
“Based on a 2015 feasibility study, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, structural, electrical, plumbing, communication, signal, and security elements of the station must be updated to make the Franklin Square Station operational,” PATCO spokesperson, Mike Williams said Friday.
The station, which sits under the popular Franklin Square, has been closed since 1979, due to a lack of use. Four years ago, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) considered reopening the station, saying that it would—at the time—cost around $10 million to bring the space back.
PATCO is in the design stage now, and they anticipate that construction will start on the project in April of 2020. For now, check out the renderings below:
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