Archive for Sunday, October 31, 2010

Depot funds

A grant for design and engineering work is a good step forward for the Santa Fe Depot.

October 31, 2010


The grant announced Thursday was smaller than supporters of the Santa Fe Depot may have hoped for, but it’s a start.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has received a federal grant for $87,563 that will finance engineering and design services that will set the stage for about $600,000 in needed restoration work at the depot, which now serves the city’s Amtrak passengers in east Lawrence. City commissioners will have to approve $25,000 in matching funds for the grant, but the opportunity to leverage $25,000 into $112,000 should be an easy sale.

The city’s effort to obtain a $583,000 federal grant for the depot was turned down earlier this summer, but the smaller grant will provide a complete set of construction plans that will make the project “shovel ready” if and when funding becomes available.

Much credit goes to Depot Redux, a local grassroots organization that has worked hard to spruce up the depot and draw attention to its potential as a site worth preserving. The group’s commitment to the project no doubt gave KDOT and federal officials confidence that the design work funded by the new grant wouldn’t be wasted.

Congratulations to Depot Redux and city officials pursuing this project. It’s good to see renovation plans moving forward.


consumer1 3 years, 5 months ago

Wasting money on useless buildings while the streets crumble.


Healthcare_Moocher 3 years, 5 months ago

If that depot (money pit) was worth having, then BNSF would keep it. Do be hoodwinked into thinking it is an asset, or will ever be an asset.


consumer1 3 years, 5 months ago

"Much credit goes to Depot Redux, a local grassroots organization". That should read, "Much blame goes to Depot Redux. I didn't ask them to spend my tax dollars on that piece of junk building.


swan_diver 3 years, 5 months ago

You two anti-American misfits need to change your brands of juice; get out there and take down a bankster on his way to work, or a credit-card CEO about to do another day of racketeering at the office. Get out there and help fight our foreign wars -- or send your 17-year-old sons to do the job -- instead of trivializing the nation's cultural and historical heritage, by smearing community efforts to do what you guys are too stupid or lazy to bother with.

The country's historic railroad stations need to be protected and utilized. This kind of activity is good for the local economy, and good for the national soul. I applaud the LJW's unexpected support for keeping the restoration of the Santa Fe Depot on track.


oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 5 months ago

What is there to engineer? What is there to study. Another waste of money. The city hazardous waste/recycle center has plenty of paint. Is there no one on the city staff qualified to make judgement on what needs to be done to the building? If not, then the commissioners need to vote 5-0 to reduce city staff, engineering, planning, and public works for starters. Those savings in salaries will fix the place.

Depot Redoux needs to doux the work themselves.


cheeseburger 3 years, 5 months ago

Is this really an editorial, or an article submitted by Ms. Maynard-Moody?

Never ones to resist the temptation to waste money, I see the city commissioners passing this one 5-0!

Times are tough and budgets are tight, but there always seems to be thousands upon thousands of dollars sitting around to be spent - er wasted - on these pet projects!


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