Depot getting makeover
SPRUCE PINE – During his report in a July meeting Spruce Pine Town Manager Richard Canipe said he had a conference call with CSX Transportation about the old train depot on Locust Street in downtown Spruce Pine. Canipe said he requested the organization refurbish the depot by repainting it and replacing gutters, wood boards and windows.
CSX agreed and Max Hamel from CSX Real Estate and facilities management told Canipe the request was not anything unreasonable. Those renovations began in mid-August.
“As part of our commitment to be a good neighbor to communities where we operate, CSX is working with officials in Spruce Pine to repair and update a historic train depot that is still actively used by CSX,” a CSX spokesperson said via email. “Contractors will make some minor repairs and updates, including replacing damaged wood, removing old paint and repainting the building. Contractors also will take extra precautions to contain construction debris and minimize the impact on the surrounding community. Work is expected to be complete in the next couple of months, barring any unforeseen delays, and we appreciate everyone’s patience while we complete this project.”
The wood and stucco depot was built in the 1920s to serve Mitchell County. In recent years it has been used primarily to store equipment for CSX’s engineering department and has some limited office space, according to the spokesperson.
No specific timeline has been set for the renovations to be complete.
“We will do it as crew availability allows,” the spokesperson said.