Northfielders came together over a brief period and made the recent Save the Northfield Depot match program a success! Last month, two generous local donors contributed $10,000 for the matching fund; individuals in the community responded with a total of $10,000 to meet the challenge. The total from the match program of $20,000 moved the total raised to $147,000, more than half-way towards the $293,000 project goal.
Save the Northfield Depot extends their most sincere appreciation to those making donations in this match program.
“The public understands that the project is a unique opportunity to not only save an historic building,” said Rob Martin, co chair, “but also to provide an inviting visitor center and public gathering place with amenities, promote economic development in the area, and enhance a blighted city lot with an attractive depot-transit hub complex serving Northfield citizens and visitors.”
Save the Northfield Depot is pleased with the overall progress of the project. In addition to the funds raised, they have obtained necessary documents (structural soil tests, official land survey, soil contamination results, preliminary site plans) and firm estimates for future work from local professionals (asbestos removal, demotion of 1944 addition, move of 1888 depot). Currently, Save the Northfield Depot is drafting a final sale of property agreement with Canadian Pacific Railroad that will be enacted once $293,000 has been raised.
More fundraising events are planned for the summer and fall. In addition to funds, in-kind donations are sought for things such as building materials, roofing, and cement, as well as time contributions from those with specialized skills such as carpenters, electricians, and plumbers. Inquiries about possible in-kind contributions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations of funds can be sent to 712 E. 4th St., Northfield, MN 55057 or made online at http://www.northfielddepot.org by clicking the “donate now” button.
Again, Save the Northfield Depot is very grateful to all who have contributed their resources towards the effort to make this future asset to the community a reality.