- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - The Burlington City Council has approved a planned renovation of its historic train depot with costs that are higher than originally estimated.

The Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1PkY1Bh ) reports that the council voted Monday. The project was initially estimated to cost $700,000, but costs have been pushed up by an additional $100,000 to $120,000 after inspections were conducted by the public works department and an architectural firm.

The council reserves the right to decide which suggested improvements will be tacked on once bids are reviewed, beginning Jan. 15.

Jason Strandberg with Friends of the Depot says the group has about $72,000 in pledges committed to the project and still working to raise an additional $40,000.

“It would be great for our efforts to see a commitment from the city, because a lot of people have seen this song-and- dance before,” Strandberg said. “And to see something finally happening with the building would just continue to help our efforts, which also helps yours.”

The depot, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is being renovated to repair flood damage. It is also has been named one of Iowa’s significant structures of the 20th century. It replaced a Victorian depot that burned down in 1943.

The city purchased the depot from the Burlington Norther Railroad after it was flooded in 1993. The depot was flooded again in 2008.


Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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