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Amherst County. Train Depot Project. Table of Contents. I. Brief History of the Amherst Train Depot II. Train Stations in Virginia III. Local Actions regarding Amherst Train Depot IV. Current Cost Expenses and Summary V. Relevant Questions VI. Summary. Train Depot -Brief History. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Amherst County

Train Depot ProjectAmherst CountyTable of ContentsI. Brief History of the Amherst Train DepotII. Train Stations in VirginiaIII. Local Actions regarding Amherst Train DepotIV. Current Cost Expenses and Summary V. Relevant QuestionsVI. Summary

Train Depot -Brief History1913 Station constructed by Southern Railway1920s Station remodeled with freight room1940s Three passenger trains per day1960s Passenger service discontinues1970s Freight service discontinues, building stands empty

Train Depot -Brief History1982 Norfolk Southern forms1985 Mr. Marshall Mays purchases station2000 VDOT plans straightening of Depot Street2001 Feasibility Study performed by DGP Architects2008 Station stabilized and relocated by CL Lewis

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Amherst Train Depot

Potential Uses for the Depot have been:

- Office space for Chamber of Commerce-Office space for Economic Development-Office space for Tourism/Visitor CenterFarmville, VirginiaDublin, Virginia

Train Depot Projects in VirginiaOwned by the Town of FarmvilleUsed for rental for public or private meeting spaceNo office space is available

Privately ownedPulaski Farm Bureau sold to an individual and is now used for professional office space.

Pulaski, VirginiaPurcellville, VirginiaTrain Depot Projects in VirginiaOwned by the Town of PulaskiUsed for bicycle rental and public and private meeting spacePreviously used for Chamber of Commerce office

Owned by the Purcellville Preservation AssociationRestrooms for trail usersMeeting space with available kitchenWater fountain and benches for pedestrians

Notable Local Actions TakenJanuary 15, 2002 BOS adopted a resolution requesting the Commonwealth Transportation Board to establish the Project, agreeing to pay a minimum of 20 percent of total cost of project.December 2, 2003 BOS adopted resolution agreeing to serve as Project sponsor.February 3, 2004 County BOS passed motion authorizing the County Administrator to develop a design service agreement with Dalgliesh, Eichman, Gilpin & Paxton for the next phase of the project.

Notable Local Actions TakenApril 6, 2004 Motion by the BOS, for a member to serve as a liason on the Friends of the Amherst Station Foundation. Mr. Vandall was appointed as the member.March 3, 2005 Contract between Friends and DEGP Architect for a Relocation and Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Amherst Train Station Project; contract specifically mentions Amherst County as the Project Fiscal Agent.October 17, 2006 BOS adopts resolution, agrees that: if the County of Amherst subsequently elects to cancel this project, the County of Amherst hereby agrees to reimburse the Virginia Department of Transportation for the total amount of costs expended by the Department through the date the department is notified of such cancellation.

Notable Local Actions TakenJanuary 23, 2008 Train Depot was moved from its original location to its current location.

December 6, 2011 Letter to Garrett Rouzer from David Proffitt that has attached the signed agreement for the site plan development for the Amherst Depot Project to proceed with work.

Notable Local Actions TakenOctober 29, 2012 Letter from Clarence Monday to H.W. Chenault, VDOT, regarding future funding.November 19, 2012 Letter from H.W. Chenault, VDOT, points out that preservation and rehabilitation of historic depots is still an eligible Transportation Alternatives (TA) activityCurrent Costs and Expenses

QuestionsResponseWhat can be counted towards the County match?

What is the assessed value of the building and land?

What is the cost and purpose of the stormwater system?

The value of the property contributed toward the project, and value of labor and services.

$58,000 (.813 Acres-Land) / $9,400 Building (Appraised Value 6/28/06) / $132,321 Cost of Land purchased from Mays Family

Stormwater management is required by the State of Virginia. The system includes a retention pond, which will be converted to a bio-filtration system. This also includes several drop inlets, associated piping and erosion and sediment control measures.Relevant QuestionsSummaryJanuary 15, 2002 - County approved a Resolution requesting the Commonwealth Transportation Board to establish the Project, agreeing to play a minimum of 20 percent of the total cost of the project.Phase I Completed the relocation and stabilization of building.Phase II Waiting on VDOT site plan approval, potential shortfall of funding.Phase III Grant funding needed to complete project.

SummaryCounty will need to determine the proposed use of the building.Grant must be submitted by February 1, 2013 for Phase III.Grants by the CTB typically are awarded in the Summer after the grant is submitted in February.

SummaryCounty must secure approximately $863,189 of funds to complete the project (includes shortfall from Phase II).The estimated projected amount of total funds that the County will be responsible for is $336,897 dollars (includes expenses from Phase I). The estimated local cost to finish the project (Phase II & Phase III is $285,770.September 20, 2011, the BOS appropriated $95,000, therefore, the estimated balance remaining to be appropriated of local money is $190,770.The estimated payback to VDOT if the County ceases the project today is $510,113.