Parkville seeks proposals for historic depot

07/18/2014 3:02 PM

07/18/2014 3:02 PM

The city of Parkville is seeking proposals for reusing the Parkville Train Depot.

A meeting is planned at 10:30 a.m. July 29 at the depot, 8701 N.W. River Park Drive, for those who would like to take a look at the structure and ask questions.

“This is a strategy to evaluate our options and to see if there is another use that is more appropriate for the space,” said City Administrator Lauren Palmer. “We are really looking to maximize the facility and casting a wide net to evaluate interest in doing that.”

The city now has an agreement with the Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce, which expires on Dec. 31.

The chamber is interested in staying at the depot but uses only a small portion of the building, Palmer said. The city will consider offers to use all or a portion of depot space.

The area is zoned light industrial and doesn’t currently allow retail, she said, but the city would consider rezoning for the right proposal.

“This is really an iconic building which is the entry way into our downtown. So we’re looking for a use that is compatible with the surrounding area and that would respect the historic character of the building,” said Palmer.

For information go to parkvillemo.gov.

| Norma King, Special to The Star

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