Train depot demolition delayed

By Rose Schneider

Marysville community members came together during a city council meeting Monday to extend the life of the ill-fated Union Pacific train depot.

The Union Pacific wants to demolish the abandoned depot, which has been vandalized and has been used as a shelter by homeless people since 2009, in order to eliminate liability issues. City officials want to obtain the depot property in order to acquire the 7th Street right of way and surrounding vacant lots to expand a pedestrian and bike trail that runs from U.S. Highway 77 through the Marysville City Park to U.S. Highway 36.

The depot was built in the late 1920s to replace one in use since the 1800s.

“The depot is part of our history,” said Rick Shain, the Marysville city administrator.

Although many alternative plans have been discussed in previous attempts to save the depot, the most pressing current issue is to delay the demolition further while giving the city and community as much time as needed to present the Union Pacific a deal it can’t refuse. Union Pacific officials have agreed to give the city and townspeople until the next city council meeting, which is Feb. 25.

The demolition was originally set for Monday and had been rescheduled for Wednesday.

“We don’t want to drag this thing on anymore,” Shain said.

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