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Old Monrovia Station Could Get New Life on the Gold Line

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As the Gold Line's expansion moves eastward still, one local landmark dormant for almost 40 years, could get a new lease on life. Monrovia's old train station has been "sequestered behind a chain-link fence in a nondescript parking lot at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Duarte Road," explains Monrovia Patch, in a story about the station's history. Behind that fence for the past two decades, "the building has clearly been the victim of neglect, not to mention occasional vandalism." Heck, it could even be haunted!

Plans for a "Station Square Transit Village" include a renovation of the station, with original features preserved. "Early artists' renderings show a revamped station surrounded by retail and office space."

Phase one of Metro's Gold Line Foothill Extension covers 11 miles eastbound from the Sierra Madre Villa Station in Pasadena, stopping in Arcadia, Duarte, Irwindale, Monrovia and Azusa. Ground was broken in June, and the line is expected to be open in 2014.