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Leesburg hopes to turn old train depot into new attraction

The depot needs a new roof, sides, plumbing and wiring in order to be brought up to code. The depot needs a new roof, sides, plumbing and wiring in order to be brought up to code.
Leaders want to turn it into a community and visitor center. Leaders want to turn it into a community and visitor center.
City manager Bob Alexander met with the new DOT commissioner. City manager Bob Alexander met with the new DOT commissioner.
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Leesburg city leaders hope the state will release funding to begin renovating the old train depot.

It's one of several projects the Georgia Department of Transportation recently put on hold.

The depot needs a new roof, sides, plumbing and wiring in order to be brought up to code.

Leaders want to turn it into a community and visitor center.

City manager Bob Alexander met with the new DOT commissioner to express how important the renovation is for Leesburg.

"This is kind of the beginning of Leesburg," said Alexander. "It has a lot of historic value, a lot of pride. And we certainly want to be able to bring this back to life."

The project will cost $400,000.

Alexander hopes an environmental study will be complete in the next month, in order to begin bid letting in May. Bidding can only begin if the state money is approved.

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