Efforts to “Save The Depot” in Charles City are ready to enter its next phase.
Mayor Dean Andrews says the commission to preserve the historic Milwaukee Road railroad depot has raised about $343,000 of the $350,000 projected costs. He says construction to move the depot to the corner of North Grand Avenue and 11th Avenue is expected to begin next month.
Andrews says donations are still being accepted and plans are being made for an open house celebration in June. The historic depot was originally built in 1912 and was in danger of being demolished over liability concerns. The railroad company was going to spend almost $34,000 for take the building down, but instead pledged that money towards the “Save the Depot” project.