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The Concord Depot was purchased in 1969 and moved away from downtown Concord but the building will soon be returned to the city 53 years after it was moved. Pictured (l-r) are Dolly Johnson, Arnold C. Moore Jr. and Doug T. Johnson who watch and lend a hand as the old train depot’s platform is disassembled. In the background is the current Concord Cafe and the old hotel.

Concord train depot to be returned to the city

By Dwain W. Penn

news@pikecountygeorgia.com

In keeping with the bicentennial year theme, Concord mayor John Strickland shared plans at the March 8 meeting to restore a local historic landmark.

“Almost 50 years ago, the Concord Depot was bought by local residents and moved up the street,” said Strickland. “The family wants to donate it back to the city. We need to determine how to pay for the move and where to put it.” 

Initial ideas posed by Strickland were to put the depot in the park near the playground not too far from where it was built adjacent to the rail bed walking track. A section of rails and a train car could be brought in to complete the landmark. It was noted that the train car and depot could generate income by renting them out for events, especially children’s parties.

Proposals for financing the relocation were unique. Visitor Paul Leslie reminded everyone that a DU (Ducks Unlimited) assembly was meeting Saturday in Concord and the city should invite them to figuratively come on board. That suggestion prompted Strickland to discuss a deal with Nick Adams of Express Sanitation. If the new company could help with the transport, the city would paint “Express” on the side of the depot.

Decisions are pending. New ideas are welcome from local residents. Submit them online or by phone.

COUNCIL ALSO:

• Agreed to consider a bid from Express Sanitation to provide garbage service for 320 customers.

• Heard the Concord Wireless Internet has 57 customers and 59 operational units since two customers have two services. A tower will be installed on the east end of Bottoms Road that will serve another 15 to 20 customers. The tower was donated to the city.

• Learned the Strickland building ramp was reworked and will be finished soon.

• Heard the city received a $312,000 grant for wastewater upgrades. Recent EPD violation enhanced the success of acquiring the grant.

• Heard the city will purchase a $500 vacuum to improve efficiency of cleaning the rustic Strickland building floorboards.

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