Efforts to Save B&O Station Faltering

A campaign to save a former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station in Hamilton, Ohio, may have hit a brick wall.

City officials say they are unlikely to meet a deadline set by the building’s owner, CSX, to move the depot by a May 31 deadline.

Another stumbling block is the cost of moving and renovating the station, which was built in the 1850s, is likely to exceed the $2 million budgeted for that purpose by the city.

That includes the cost of moving the structure and setting it onto a concrete foundation.

It does not cover, though, the expenses of installing a new roof, hooking up utilities and pouring a concrete floor.

Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith recently said at a city council meeting that the city was “going to have to make some policy decisions. What’s more important, a roof or a parking lot? Windows or something else? We have to itemize everything that’s outstanding and prioritize from there.”

CSX has offered to donate the station to the city if it agreed to arrange and pay for moving it.

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