Decatur approves plan to restore historic depot

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Decatur's city council has approved a major restoration project for a historic train station.

The council on Monday agreed to give Decatur's L&N railroad depot new life by approving a $2.5 million restoration.

The Decatur Daily reports (http://bit.ly/10cbDnW) that plans call for using 4,000 square feet of the 6,000-square-foot brick building for police offices and the remaining space for a small transportation museum. A parking lot would be added, a block away from Bank Street Northeast shops.

The city plans to finance $1.5 million of the project's cost with a loan, with the remaining funding coming from a $720,000 federal grant, $90,000 from the Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority and $200,000 to be raised in private donations.

Downtown Redevelopment also will contribute $350,000 during seven years to help repay the loan.

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Information from: The Decatur Daily, http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/index.shtml



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