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City buys historic Santa Fe Depot in downtown Amarillo

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The historic Santa Fe Depot in downtown Amarillo is now owned by the city.

Some residents at the City Commission Meeting, expressed concern for the high purchasing price of the property, asking the Commission to table the vote. But, the board proceeded with the deal. It cost more than $2.6 million dollars, but City Commissioners say it's worth it.

"It's going to be extremely important, I think, to the development of downtown and also the preservation of our historic, important historic past," said Commissioner Ellen Robertson Green.

The Santa Fe Depot in downtown Amarillo was built in 1910. The property consists of 6 acres and is just behind the civic center.

The purchase is funded by the city's reserve construction fund, and includes the depot, baggage building, parking lots and the auction building used by Bob Goree.

Plans for the property have yet to be released but Commissioner Brian Eades says there are a few possibilities.

"Long term, we would ultimately like to turn our Civic Center into a Convention Center. We would really love to consider an expanded so Coliseum we can bring in bigger events that are now going to Lubbock. There is a lot of property there for that. But also, the building in it's own right is a great jewel for a center for inter mobile transportation," Eades told us.

Although these ideas are still being discussed, one thing is certain; Change will soon be coming to the Warehouse District east of City Hall.

"That is prime location for downtown development and for private developers to come in here and create wonderful living spaces and restaurant spaces," Green said.

The depot was previously owned by Bob L. Goree Properties.

Colleen Nelson - NewsChannel 10.

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