SUISUN CITY — How does the Suisun City Council want to go about renovating its train depot?
That was the matter the council was still debating as of 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Suisun City wants to renovate the station to improve its usability by commuters who both use the Greyhound bus stop, Amtrak and regional bus lines. It wants to spend approximately $700,000 on the structure that Building and Public Works Director Dan Kasperson called “a gem of a train depot.”
A city consultant surveyed the depot and submitted an extensive laundry list that includes adding new paint, a new entry to Main Street, new handrails, new lighting, new benches, security cameras, new exterior signage, bus stop improvements, better lighting in the bus stop and plaza, better landscaping, new bike storage facilities and upgraded bus shelters.
Resident Bob Ritchie made suggestions that included Wi-Fi capability for commuters, adding a visitor center or information kiosk, and putting in a sculpture created by a local artist.
Councilman Mike Hudson started the council’s side of the discussion by asking that the matter be postponed for six months so that staff could come back with a report better than the present one, which Hudson said “sucks.” Hudson also said he wanted the depot to become more like a center for economic development.
Hudson’s motion to put the matter off for six months died and was replaced with a suggestion from Councilwoman Jane Day for bringing the matter back. Day’s motion was peremptorily shut down by Mayor Pete Sanchez.
Councilman Mike Segala, who brought forward a four-page list of his responses to the report, also supported a delay.
As of press time, Sanchez was speaking up against delaying the matter and pointing out that Solano Transportation Authority funding that is involved in the project “is not sure funding” and could be diverted to other projects if Suisun City’s leadership delays moving forward with a decision on the project.
One item that was tossed out of the project was the inclusion of an iconic sign project slated for the end of Spring Street for the past four years.
It was initially included in the train station renovation plans, but the consultant recommends that it be dropped. Paying to build the sign would take money away from train station renovation itself, according to the report. The sign would be expected to cost $250,000 by itself.
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