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Daily Bee article: Historic Sandpoint Depot proposal moves ahead

Excerpt from article by Keith Kinnaird published in Daily Bee on 11/12/09:

SANDPOINT — A plan to acquire and preserve the historic Sandpoint Depot is gaining momentum again.

The City Council will be asked later this month to allow the Sandpoint Historical Preservation Committee to take a leading role in negotiating with BNSF Railway and securing a commitment from Amtrak to retain the depot as a stop. The depot, which is listed on National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1916. It’s owned by BNSF and utilized by Amtrak.

“There’s no downside to beginning negotiations,” Councilwoman Helen Newton said during Tuesday’s Administrative Committee meeting.

The committee recommended the full council take up the historic commission’s proposal to take point in the matter.

“It’s a fabulous opportunity for the city to pursue — economically and historically,” said historic committee member Bob Camp.

Former Mayor Ray Miller championed a cause to acquire the depot during his administration and the building has a loyal group of supporters who want to see it thrive.

“There’s a lot of potential there,” said Aric Spence, another historic committee member.

Spence said the proposal is patterned after the recently restored depot in Whitefish, Montana. The building serves as an Amtrak stop … Read the entire article.

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