Next phase of depot renovation begins

KINGMAN – With more than a year of environmental impact studies and lease negotiations behind them, city of Kingman officials are ready to proceed with the Kingman Depot rehabilitation project.

The community project will renovate the 4,351-square-foot depot, which includes 1,100 feet for an Amtrak waiting room and ticket office and a 2,893-square-foot railroad museum.

The $625,000 project also includes renovation of the platform where passengers board, restrooms and landscaping from Fourth Street east to the water towers.

"This has been a community-development type project," Kingman Grants Administrator Bill Shilling said.

"It has been a huge undertaking by a lot of people in the city."

Design plans, which are nearly complete, must next go through a review process with funding sources such as the Kingman Building Department, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the State Historic Preservation Office, Shilling said.

Once all the agencies approve the plan, the project will go to bid to procure a contractor.

Construction should start by the first of next year, with completion expected by the end of next year.

"It is very important that we keep the historic characteristics of the original depot," Shilling said.

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad built the depot, located at Fourth and E.

Andy Devine Avenue.

It was listed on the National Registar of Historic Places on May 14, 1986.

After receiving money for the project through ADOT enhancement funds, the city of Kingman and the Great American Station Foundation, city officials began a year of negotiations with railroad officials, attorneys and property managers to arrange leasing of the deport for the project.

The city was finally able to arrange a long-term lease with both Amtrak and Santa Fe Railway Co., Shilling said.

Amtrak, the passenger-service train that stops twice a day in Kingman during the early morning hours, leases the building from Santa Fe.

The city will sub-lease the building from Amtrak.

Shilling will talk about the renovation project, show artist renderings of the renovated depot and answer questions at the Mohave County Genealogical Society meeting at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 12, in the Mohave Museum of History and Arts auditorium located at 400 W.

Beale.