- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) - The Moline City Council has given final approval to selling the city’s historic train depot for $500 to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which plans to demolish the 115-year-old building.

Previous efforts to move and save the building failed but the contract does say that the sale is final unless an alternative for moving the depot is found and approved before Feb. 1, according to The (Moline) Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1O6uEgM).

The depot must make way for new on- and off-ramps that are part of the Interstate 74 bridge and corridor project. The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency gave the state’s initial plan to tear down the depot its approval in 2008.

Western Illinois University offered in 2012 to take the train depot, but said last year it couldn’t take it as planned with renovation costs much higher than anticipated.

The Illinois Department of Transportation had agreed to pay $1.35 million for its move, but preservation officials learned in July that the state no longer planned to pay for moving it because of budget cuts and added costs.

City documents say preservationists have until Feb. 1 to salvage any materials from the building as long as they follow Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations on asbestos inspections and abatement.

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Information from: The Dispatch, http://www.qconline.com

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