Save the Depot! by Lynn Vincent

Northfield Train Depot[show_avatar]Save the Depot is a grassroots effort by a group of local citizens to save and preserve our historically relevant Northfield Train Depot.   We started the journey three years ago when our parent group – Northfield in Bloom – noticed the depot because of all the graffiti and weeds marring the building and the saplings growing out from the foundations.

Actually, noticed is too soft a word.  Incensed might be better – so incensed that we thought about sneaking onto the property in the dead of night to cut down the trees and plant flowers!   But we really didn’t want to come up against Chief Taylor arresting us for trespassing, so we talked with the City Administrator and Progressive Rail to cut a deal.  The railroad agreed to sell the building to the City and the City agreed to pass the owner ship on immediately to another group (us), the caveat being that the depot had to be moved off of railroad property.

So we got together with a bunch of railroad enthusiasts and historical preservationists early this year forming the Save the Depot Committee.   We held three community meetings with interested citizens and stakeholders to see what other Northfield residents thought about our effort to save the 1888 depot and got a lot of good feedback and suggestions for relocation sites, uses and who might want to own the depot.

Two locations – the Q-Block and Babcock Park – were mentioned the most, and some of the uses suggested were as a transit site, a Chamber/visitors’ center, and a multi-use building.

We want to know what you think and what else you want to know about us, so we are hoping to get a great dialogue going here.

Or you can stop any of us on the street to talk. The committee is made up of Rob Martin, Steve Edwins, Pat Allen, Clark Webster, Chip DeMann, Baird Jarman, and Alice Thomas… and me!

2 thoughts on “Save the Depot! by Lynn Vincent”

  1. Lynn,

    This is probably long since history, but what discussion was there about the possibility of the Dan Patch commuter line coming to town, and where would a station be? It would seem that if the current station site and station is adequate the city/state would invest to preserve the station at the current location.

  2. I would love to see it stay where it is or close by and become an all organic restaurant and juice bar and 100% organic cotton clothing. (No shoes,though,food and shoes in the same place. Ick.) Kind of an homage to healthy living and efficient transportation all in one.

    Also, throw in a do it yourself living will video kiosk,

    where one could go and hit a few buttons, make a few statements on camera, hit END and get a video with their legal statement on it for dispersing personal wealth.

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