Posted: Feb 4, 2013 5:08 PM by MTN News
Bozeman City Commissioners will likely be giving consultants the go ahead to conduct a study on the structural soundness of the Front Street depot.
The study will cost a little over $18-thousand dollars and would determine how much it would cost to salvage the building.
Courtney Kramer with the city planning office says the study stems from a vested community interest in its preservation. Kramer says she gets at least two calls a month from interested buyers.
One area resident says he thinks no one would be interested in purchasing the depot because you would not own the land.
Kramer says, hypothetically, the land would be a 3rd tier sublease. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) owns the tracks, Montana Rail Link Operates the tracks and leases from BNSF and whoever invested in the depot could work out a long-term sub lease from Montana Rail Link.
Kramer tells us the study will be completed in May at which time the Bozeman preservation board will host a community outreach session.