LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Renovations to the old Train Depot that sits alongside Route 19 in the heart of Leesburg is nearly finished.
It's a renovation that has been more than 16 years in the making.
"Well we're just excited that it's almost completed," said Leesburg City Manager Bob Alexander.
Alexander said the depot needs a few more additions before it's ready for the public.
"We do have the chamber of commerce that moved in, but we still have a number of things that we need to complete as far as the furnishings go and that type of thing," said Alexander.
Alexander said that getting to this point wasn't easy. He said the design of the building was completed in two parts.
"We had to meet historic preservation requirements for the DOT. So, we did that as part one use of the federal funds that we had through Sanford Bishop's office," said Alexander.
Alexander also said that part two was completed using SPLOST funds. He said he wanted the public to have an opportunity to see and use the building.
"We wanted to have this building used all the time. So, the chamber of commerce was the perfect ticket to come in here to do that and make this a visitors center so it's fully utilized all the time," explained Alexander.
Alexander said this is the start of big things to come for the area.
"This will be a real pride, not only for Leesburg, but for Lee County. This is our county seat. I think everybody's going to take pride in this building," said Alexander.
The city will hold a grand opening once the building is fully furnished.