Grand County Model Railroad Club plans back on track
July 17, 2008
The Grand County Model Railroad Club, which invested $15,000 into a Granby rail-side building that Union Pacific Railroad says must come down by August, may see some mercy.
After a news report that the county planned to get involved in the situation on behalf of the club, Grand County Commissioner Gary Bumgarner received a phone call from the railroad’s Wyoming and Colorado Public Affairs Director Dick Hartman to discuss the club’s circumstances.
The railroad has offered to pay for the removal of the building, Bumgarner relayed to commissioners Monday, rather than have the small club bear the cost of demolition.
It also has offered to reimburse the railroad club for improvements it made to the building since last summer when the club acquired it through a county treasurer’s sale for $100.
Corporate Relation Director Mark Davis confirmed Wednesday that the railroad is working with the county to determine how it can help with reimbursement of improvements and the building’s removal.
Dave Naples of the railroad club says he is tickled by the gesture.
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It’s likely the club will not get back the total cost of improvements on the building, which was slated to become a model railroad museum, since most of them were in-kind donations from community businesses.
The club has about $1,000 worth of cash receipts that would qualify for Union Pacific reimbursement, Naples said.
Meanwhile, the club is on track to achieve a 99-year land lease from the town of Granby near Kaibab Park.
The club is planning for a new 7,000 square-foot, two-story building, with the upper floor a model railroad display and the bottom floor a museum. The building would also include a public restroom to accommodate both museum and park users.
The project may work in conjunction with the town of Granby’s hopes to pursue a pedestrian bridge over the railroad so youngsters using park facilities need not cross the tracks.
For its new museum building, Naples said the club has applied for a $100,000 grant. Ironically, the grant would be from Union Pacific Railroad.
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