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Depot to be Restored
By Greg Menza
From the Columbia Daily Herald December 5, 2008 also published in “Historic Maury”
“If all goes well, we expect to have the restoration process complete within six to eight months,” said Jerry Hodges of Sliding Rock Management, the Columbia firm that is serving as the design/builder for the project.
Hodges said workers already are doing maintenance on the building to prevent water damage to its interior.
“The building is now undergoing the re-roofing process, and windows are being put in place to ensure it stays dry inside,” he said.
Hodges’ team is taking the building’s dimensions to determine what work will be required to bring the building up to code. The new owners, Columbia Station LLC, will submit a request to the city planning commission to rezone the property from industrial to multi-use next week.
Should the rezoning request be approved, the building would be available for commercial use. Once zoning has been approved, plans will be submitted for the needed changes in the building.
“I don’t foresee any problem with that happening,” said David Holderfield, Columbia grants and planning director. “I think it would be very good for the city.”
Hodges said no discussions have taken place with any possible tenants, but if the zoning change is approved, the new owners would consider leasing out space for a restaurant, store or offices. He expects the third floor will be used as a conference or meeting room.
Hodges said he was excited about the restoration of the more than century-old train station to its original state.
Maury County Archives Director Bob Duncan said the depot was Columbia’s most endangered landmark, and he is delighted to see the building being restored.
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