Hahira Awards Low Bid on New Depot, Schedules Groundbreaking

| April 12, 2017

HAHIRA – The Mayor and Council of the City of Hahira recently met and awarded the low bid for construction of a replacement for the Hahira Depot.

The City of Hahira has awarded the low bid on Phase I of the City Center Park, the construction of a replacement for the old Hahira Depot, to Kellerman Construction. The 7,500 sq. ft. structure, designed by Altman + Barrett Architects, will serve as the showpiece of the central square design. A groundbreaking for the Depot has been scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10 AM on site behind the caboose. The event will be held in conjunction with Hahira’s annual Springfest slate of activities, which will be taking place concurrently.

Total cost of the New Depot is contracted at $751,984, and will be paid for with SPLOST VII and excess General Fund proceeds. The development of the City Center project began in earnest with the acquisition of the 5.5 acre property from Norfolk Southern 3 years ago for $323,000. After many planning sessions with the City Council, it was determined that a structure that could satisfy Hahira’s needs for performance, fine arts, preservation, and local character was of paramount concern. This took the form of a replacement Depot, designed in the style of the old structure that was demolished almost 30 years ago in approximately the same location. Future phases of the park master plan will be developed in subsequent years.

The New Depot will serve several different needs: a 1,869 sq. ft. performance stage for concerts and events, restroom facilities, 2,000 sq. ft. of premier banquet space with a caterer’s kitchen, and a shelter area for the City’s historic fire truck.

“On behalf of our Council, I want to thank our citizens for their support on this project,” said Mayor Bruce Cain. “This facility will serve as a reminder of Hahira’s commitment to preserving our past, yet securing our future for generations to come.”

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