The cost of restoring the L&N Railroad Depot is high, but the structure is too valuable to downtown Decatur to put off the project.
The 112-year-old building, located at Railroad and Vine Streets Northwest, is an eyesore now. If renovated, it could become a destination point.
City officials hope to house a railroad museum in part of the 5,000-square-foot structure, with the rest used to house three Decatur police divisions.
A $720,000 state grant will pay for most of the renovation. The city and the Downtown Redevelopment Authority have agreed to split the required matching funds of $180,000. Preliminary estimates indicate at least $300,000 more will be needed to complete the project. It would be a worthy project for private donations.
Located just off Bank Street, the depot would be an important addition to the ongoing efforts to revitalize the downtown area.
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