The Lawrence City Commission unanimously voted to accept the deal giving Lawrence total control and responsibility for the Santa Fe Train Station located on Seventh Street at its weekly meeting Tuesday night.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway will donate both the station and land to the city. Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard spoke on this:
Stoddard also knows the possibilities this will create for Lawrence.
“I think that this really opens up a lot of possibilities for the city with regard to the land (and) doing things with the building that would have been very difficult for us to do had we had to lease it back to them with very short lead times,” Stoddard said. “Without those provisions, I think we have a lot more flexibility in the future.”
The effort to restore the station began in 2008, and this deal will culminate the 10 year effort. This transfer allows the $1.2 million state transportation grant to be used in restoration, along with $160,000 from the city.
Two Amtrack trains run daily through the station at 11:52 p.m. and 5:47 a.m. Restoration is slated to begin in this fall.