Thursday, March 22, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Maywood Trustee Isiah Brandon and Metra Executive Director Don Orsino after a grand opening for the new Metra station last summer. | File
Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins said that she’d like to see a vendor serving coffee and donuts to commuters inside of the village’s new Metra train depot, at the corner of Main St. and 5th Ave. in Maywood.
Perkins brought up the suggestion during a regular board meeting on March 6, where the board unanimously voted to direct village staff to figure out how to make that happen. The Metra station opened to riders last summer.
“When we first opened [the station], I had expected to see something [similar to a food vendor inside of the station],” Perkins said.
“A donut shop is the request,” she added. “That’s what we’re looking for. We’ll have to put it out to bid for anyone who would want to come in and do that vending.”
“It’s a great idea,” said Trustee Antonio Sanchez. “Forest Park has it in their transit center.”
There was some discussion among board members about whether or not to charge vendors and how they might be selected.
“I agree with [the idea of a vendor inside of the Metra station], but not for free,” said Trustee Melvin Lightford. “The village needs to get something for it.”
Trustee Isiah Brandon said that local vendors, particularly those located in Maywood, should be prioritized.
“I’d probably start with any local restaurants or businesses we have in the community that could potentially expand their services or business into that area,” he said. “We should definitely start with what we have in the village before looking to other folks to do it.”
Trustee Kimyada Wellington said that the village could potentially identify a food truck to serve breakfast fare in the morning until a vendor is selected to setup inside of the station.
Maywood village staff could not be immediately reached on Thursday evening to comment on the status of the idea. VFP
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