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Future of train depot stalled

May 5, 2014

PAWTUCKET—While plans are in the works for an MBTA commuter rail station to be built near Dexter Street, the fate of the old brick train depot a short distance away at Broad and Barton streets remains in limbo.
At a recent informational meeting on the proposed new rail stop, several residents questioned why the historical depot structure on the Pawtucket/Central Falls border, with its centralized location and period architectural charm, was not being considered. However, a project consultant said the old depot's position on a curved portion of the rail corridor, coupled with modern-day federal transportation authority guidelines regarding station platforms, made its use cost-prohibitive.
So, the circa-1900 brick depot continues to sit, vacant, neglected, and covered with graffiti while Pawtucket building officials and Amtrak officials worry about its deteriorating condition and how to proceed in getting a new owner to address a slew of serious and costly building code violations.
Read the rest of the story in Tuesday's newspaper.

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