Save the Northfield Depot Receives $10,000 Matching Grant

Save the Northfield Depot co-chair, Lynn Vincent, announced this week that they have received $10,000 in matching funds. A successful matching of these funds will put the total amount raised to $143,000 toward the $293,000 goal to move and renovate the 1888 depot for public use. They are asking the public to take advantage of this opportunity to double the value of their contribution in helping reach the goal.

The city-owned land where the depot will be moved lies between the roofless freight building and the Quarterback Club property and is currently blighted with brush, weeds, trash, and parked semis. The pictured future site plan will create a hub of activity and promote economic development in the area.
 

Site plan for the depot includes: An interior with information for visitors, public amenities (restrooms, snacks and beverages, map of local artists, self-guided tours, recreational businesses/opportunities) and a public display of items such as local artwork, historical artifacts, and other items; an exterior area and open pavilion for events such as weddings, art shows, markets, and musical performances as well as for sculptures, way-finding signs, bike racks, and a bike repair station.

In addition to reporting overall progress of the fundraising, Save the Northfield Depot also reports significant progress in other aspects of the multi-faceted project. Their work has ranged from meeting with MnDOT in Rochester (to discuss curb cuts) to repairing a hole in the roof reported by a neighbor. The title clearance for the property of the new depot location was also completed recently. The clearance was complicated since it had not been completed when the railroad initially gave the land to the city many years ago.

Save the Northfield Depot encourages the public to help take advantage of the $10,000 matching funds to move the depot to its new location and renovate it for a public use. The matching grant will double donations and help create a community asset. Co-chair Rob Martin noted that, "The depot can be moved as soon as the $293,000 goal is met!"

Donations can be mailed to the treasurer at 712 4th St. E, Northfield, MN 55057 or made online at the Save the Depot page on GiveMN.org.


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