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April 27, 2013

 

Truxton depot rehab set to begin

DepotBob Ellis/staff photographer
Built in 1872, the train depot building in Truxton will soon find a new use as town offices. The Town Board will open bids Tuesday for the project, which is being funded with a $400,000 federal grant the town received in 2009.

By AMY E. BARONE
abarone@cortlandstandardnews.net
Staff Reporter

TRUXTON — After three and a half years of planning, bids are scheduled to be opened Tuesday for a project to renovate a former railroad depot into a town municipal building.
Town Councilman Gus Wehbe said the town has completed all the necessary plans and studies required by the federal government under grant provisions and is ready to get renovations under way. “It’s been a long process, but we are excited to start work,” he said.
The Town Board will open bids at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
According to Wehbe, restoration of the interior involves work on walls, including dry wall, insulation and painting. Wooden floors need refinishing, as well as electrical, septic and water plumbing.
Bids will include options for either paving the driveway to the depot or laying gravel, if money is available.
A $409,731 grant, secured by the town in 2009, will fund the entire project.
According to Wehbe, the town had to complete a number of studies on the property to meet grant funding requirements from the state. These costs dipped into the original grant fund by approximately $30,000.
“We are now finally ready to begin the physical work,” he said.
Contractors bidding on the job will need to complete the project restoration by July 31 to allow for filing of necessary paperwork and meet the grant deadline.
Originally, the grant from federal stimulus funding allowed until 2014 for project completion, but within the past 12 months, the time frame was reduced to Aug. 15, Wehbe said.
The Town Board will hold a session at 7 p.m. Thursday to consider all offers and select which company will do the work.
The selected bidder will begin construction within a week after the board’s decision.
“There is a lot of work that needs to be completed, but we are confident that it can be done,” Wehbe said.
Once restored, the 1,500-square-foot space will give town officials offices, meeting rooms and a courtroom. Currently, town meetings and court hearings are held on the second floor of the fire station.
The project qualified for funding because it would preserve and convert a historic transportation building.
In 2010 town Historian Donald McCall said the railroad depot was built in 1872. The depot was part of the New York and Oswego Midland Railroad, which went bankrupt and reorganized as the New York, Ontario and Western Railway in 1880.
The structure was taken over by the Lehigh Valley Railroad system that operated it until 1967 when the last train came through as the company stopped operations.
After the historic depot was purchased by Agway Corp. and used for storage, the Town Board bought the building in the 1980s and it remained empty ever since.
“We are going to be so excited to have a court and Town Board (meeting room) that is handicap accessible” Wehbe said.

 

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