The Ramsey County (Minn.) Board Tuesday unanimously approved purchasing St. Paul’s Union Depot main building for $8.2 million, to facilitate use by the planned 11-mile, $914 million Central Corridor light rail transit project and for future passenger intermodal options as well. The board serves as the Regional Rail Authority overseeing the matter.
The purchase includes the head house and the parking structure and the land that the building sits on. Thirty-nine condo units built by the current owner will remain in private hands.
Union Depot is scheduled to reopen in 2012, two years ahead of the planned debut of the Central Corridor. The depot was built from 1918 to 1923.
"Today marks the official start of the project to return the Union Depot to what it once was: a transportation hub for Ramsey County, the state of Minnesota, and the entire upper Midwest," Commissioner Jim McDonough, chair of the Regional Rail Authority, said. The site would facilitate Amtrak and/or Midwest high speed rail service, Greyhouse and Jefferson Lines buses, Metro Transit, and bicycle transit options under current plans.