Town plans to re­store old de­pot

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING - Com­piled from staff and wire re­ports

City Coun­cil mem­bers have au­tho­rized Mayor Matt Wig­gins to spend as much as $48,000 from the ho­tel-mo­tel fund to re­store the town’s rail­road de­pot, which sits next to the Kemah Vis­i­tor’s Cen­ter.

The de­pot spent years as a stor­age shed in neigh­bor­ing Clear Lake Shores, un­til it was in­un­dated by Hur­ri­cane Ike’s storm surge in 2008.

The res­i­dent sold the de­pot to Kemah for $7,500 last sum­mer, The Daily News of Galve­ston County re­ported.

Dyana Babik, Kemah His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety sec­re­tary, said the city might use the build­ing for of­fices or a small gallery dis­play­ing his­tor­i­cal pho­tos of Kemah.

Babik said the de­pot prob­a­bly was built in the late 1930s.

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