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Gray’s depot must now be moved in order to be gifted to city, preserved
by Debbie Lurie Smith
Sep 13, 2012 | 1443 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The project to acquire the historic Gray Station Depot hit an unexpected roadblock last week, just as it was to be presented to the city council for approval.

As the result of an e-mail from a representative of the railroad, the depot acquisition committee is looking for a place to move the building.

Gray Station Better Hometown Manager Heather Busby called a meeting for the acquisition committee Aug. 31 to discuss news received from Norfolk Southern Corporation real estate manager Robert Williams.

The committee has been working since August of 2011 to acquire the depot building from the railroad, and it appeared an agreement had been reached. Busby had been at work putting the finishing touches on a presentation she intended to give to council members at their Sept. 4 meeting.

Williams had previously offered two options for acquisition of the Gray Station Railroad Depot in a letter to Busby. The first option was to pay fair market value for the building, or, if the city agreed to close the Gordon Street crossing, the railroad could compensate it with ownership of the depot.

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