Moline leaders give final OK to historic train depot sale

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — The Moline City Council has given final approval to selling the city’s historic train depot for $500 to the Illinois Department of Transportation, which plans to demolish the 115-year-old building.

Previous efforts to move and save the building failed but the contract does say that the sale is final unless an alternative for moving the depot is found and approved before Feb. 1.

The (Moline) Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1O6uEgM ) that city documents say preservationists have until Feb. 1 to salvage any materials from the building as long as they follow Illinois Environmental Protection Agency regulations on asbestos.

The depot must make way for new on- and off-ramps that are part of the Interstate 74 bridge and corridor project. It is the last original depot in Moline.

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Information from: The Dispatch, http://www.qconline.com

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