Auburn historic train depot to be purchased and transformed by c - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Auburn historic train depot to be purchased and transformed by city

People have been questioning the future of an empty, old train depot in Auburn for years.

"I'd like to see it as a coffee shop maybe," says Auburn resident, William Hetherington.

"I think definitely something like retail would be cool, something like a restaurant, where'd you actually go, maybe like a club," explains Auburn University student, Dylan DePonte.

The Industrial Development Board, an entity of the City, plans to buy the depot for historic preservation as well as renovate it to promote new economic development.

"We're going to fist evaluate if there's an opportunity to place it in the hands of the private sector by assembling the entire block, including the old gas station, the depot and try to put together a plan for its reuse," explains Philip Dunlap of City of Auburn's Economic Development Department.

The rustic, brick building located on Mitcham Avenue, was built around 1904 and has been vacant since 2003.

At the City Council meeting Tuesday, the IDB will ask members to approve a resolution to purchase the building for $950,000.

"There's not a final estimate, so preliminary numbers on what it would close to fix it up in various degrees, but our plan right now is to acquire it and then put together a request for proposals and see if we can partner with someone to redevelop it and create jobs and taxes with it," says Dunlap.

The goal is to preserve the historic look and feel of the block, and have it serve as a gateway into downtown Auburn.

"If you want to preserve the history then it should be something with a lot of character that people will know about," states DePonte.  

"Something like that, that is more Auburn themed because it really could emphasize how much of a tight nit community we really are," explains Hetherington.

Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved. 

  • LocalMore>>

  • BREAKING: Stolen car crashes into Columbus home Monday night

    BREAKING: Stolen car crashes into Columbus home Monday night

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 1:14 AM EDT2018-07-17 05:14:44 GMT
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)
    (Source: AP Graphics)(Source: AP Graphics)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police are searching for the driver of a stolen car after it ran into a home on Donald Dr. Monday night.  Police tell WTVM people were inside the home at the time of the collision, but no one was injured. Those inside the car fled from the scene.  Investigators are now searching for those suspects.  This is a developing story. Stay with News Leader Nine as we bring you the latest details.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights rese...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police are searching for the driver of a stolen car after it ran into a home on Donald Dr. Monday night.  Police tell WTVM people were inside the home at the time of the collision, but no one was injured. Those inside the car fled from the scene.  Investigators are now searching for those suspects.  This is a developing story. Stay with News Leader Nine as we bring you the latest details.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights rese...More >>
  • MCSD board establishes new district security department; working to hire new police chief

    MCSD board establishes new district security department; working to hire new police chief

    Monday, July 16 2018 11:59 PM EDT2018-07-17 03:59:58 GMT
    School board members voting unanimously to approve a resolution...creating what will now be known as the "Muscogee County School District Security Department. ( Source: WTVM)School board members voting unanimously to approve a resolution...creating what will now be known as the "Muscogee County School District Security Department. ( Source: WTVM)
    School board members voting unanimously to approve a resolution...creating what will now be known as the "Muscogee County School District Security Department. ( Source: WTVM)School board members voting unanimously to approve a resolution...creating what will now be known as the "Muscogee County School District Security Department. ( Source: WTVM)

    The Muscogee County School District is embarking on a brand new chapter, creating its very own police agency.  

    More >>

    The Muscogee County School District is embarking on a brand new chapter, creating its very own police agency.  

    More >>
  • Auburn man arrested for marijuana, theft

    Auburn man arrested for marijuana, theft

    Monday, July 16 2018 9:57 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:57:12 GMT
    Stephen Blalock was charged with heft of property second degree, possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia  (Source: Auburn police)Stephen Blalock was charged with heft of property second degree, possession of marijuana second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia (Source: Auburn police)

    Auburn police arrested a man on several warrants. On Friday, July 13 28-year-old Stephen Blalock from Auburn was arrested on felony and misdemeanor warrants.

    More >>

    Auburn police arrested a man on several warrants. On Friday, July 13 28-year-old Stephen Blalock from Auburn was arrested on felony and misdemeanor warrants.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly