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.
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