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DDA signs lease to secure Gray’s train depot
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jul 03, 2014 | 1605 views | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gray Downtown Development Authority chairman Sherri Rollins signs the lease with Norfolk Railroad for Gray’s train depot.
Gray Downtown Development Authority chairman Sherri Rollins signs the lease with Norfolk Railroad for Gray’s train depot.
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The Gray Station Depot appears to finally be in the hands of Gray Downtown Development Authority members, although all they can do at this time is to protect it.

DDA member Bert King explained at the June 16 meeting that a lease agreement had been reached with the Norfolk Southern Railroad that owns the building. The one-year lease costs $100.

King said the DDA cannot occupy or use the depot as long as it is in its present location. An addendum to the lease does allow for the planting of flowers and other non-evasive beautifications around the depot.

He said the final step is to have the depot insured, and when those papers are secured and sent to the railroad, the lease will be in effect.

“The big picture is by doing this we will have control of it. This way we know it will not be leased to someone else or sold,” he said.

King said he is still working with railroad officials to get a price for the depot. He said time, however, is on the DDA’s side.

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