Depot Building Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse

Start Date: Fall 2011

Key Partners: Florida Department of Transportation

Completion Date: Summer 2012

Available Funding: $1,650,000

Depot Building Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse
Depot Building Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse
Depot Building Rehabilitation and Adaptive Reuse

Objective

The Depot is the oldest surviving train station remaining in Gainesville and its origins date to the 1860’s. Consisting of a passenger terminal and freight area, the 10,000 square foot wood frame structure was a principal stop along the Cross Florida railroad that once connected the cities of Fernandina Beach and Cedar Key. Its significance earned a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the Depot is has become a significant public attraction at the 32-acre Depot Park. In July of 2016 the CRA entered into a lease agreement with Double 18, the owners of The Top restaurant. The 1910 building is now the home of Pop-a-Top General Store, and the 1860’s building holds the Boxcar, a seating area with live music and DJ’s on the weekends, and is available for special events.

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