Depot project moving forward

The Kingman depot renovation project is moving forward with all players on board.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and the city of Kingman have reached a subleasing agreement for part of the depot, Rob Owen, city planner, said.

Kingman will lease some of the property from Amtrak, which has leased the depot from the railroad for a passenger waiting area.

The Amtrak waiting room on Fourth Street will move back to the depot when renovation is completed.

The design stage is nearly complete with the historical architect firm Otwell and Associates.

The project consists of the 4,358 square-foot depot and a total site of 55,000 square feet.

Landscaping will extend from Fourth street east past the water towers, where a shade ramada for tourists will be built.

"We plan a railroad museum in the depot," Owen said.

"The size will depend on how much space Amtrak decides to use.

Restrooms will be available."

The railroad would not approve use of the depot for a restaurant citing parking and safety concerns.

The depot is too close to the tracks to allow people on the track side of the building.

The Spanish Mission Revival architecture was designed in 1907.

The depot and the Powerhouse Visitor Center are examples of poured concrete construction of the early 1900s used to make a building fireproof.

Two depots burned to the ground on the same site.

Steam engines would spew hot embers on the roof while taking on water at the nearby towers.

The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad built the depot.

It was included in the National Registrar of Historic Places on May 14, 1986.

Owen has requested that the Arizona Department of Transportation, which has provided a renovation grant, allow the city to contract and administer the remodeling locally to speed up project.

Similar grants have been put on the fast track by allowing Kingman to administer the project.

Other agencies in the project are the Federal Highway Administration, the Arizona State Historic Preservation Office, the railroad and Amtrak.