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Historic train depot could get analyzed for reuse

By Lauren Maschmedt, KTVM Anchor, lmaschmedt@ktvm.com
Published On: Jan 31 2013 08:53:03 PM MST
Northern Pacific Railway Passenger Depot
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Bozeman City Commissioners are slated to sign off on a study that would determine just what it would take to bring a Bozeman historic building back to life.

The Northern Pacific Railway Passenger Depot on Front Street in the northeast part of town was built in 1892.

The building was featured in the movie "A River Runs Through It," according to North East Neighborhood Association (NENA) president Chris Nixon- who lives a few blocks from the depot.

Today it's used for storage, but is in disrepair and covered in graffiti.

On Monday, City Commissioners will vote on whether to sign a contract for $5,000 of grant money from the National Trust for Historic Preservation that would help fund a structural analysis. Commissioners will also vote to give the go ahead on the analysis.

Nixon told us it's important to preserve the depot, and it's been concern of NENA.

He said they'd like to see it restored back to the original depot, and revive the passenger rail line that used to run through the depot stop.

"I think it's a great first step, so that we know what the usability of the building is what it will take for another entity- be it the railroad or someone else- to come in and reuse this structure" Nixon said. "It's a beautiful structure, it's an important part of our history."

CTA Architects and Engineers would conduct the analysis- which will determine the building's potential for reuse, structural stability, needed upgrades and assess other conditions.

The project is estimated to cost $18,000, though there is $20,000 available. The North East Urban Renewal Board is providing the funds outside of the grant.