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Metro Readying to Grant Contract for NoHo Depot Revamp

The depot has a new paint job, but more heavy duty structure work still needs to be done.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a few weeks away from awarding a contract for revitalizing the structure of the historic North Hollywood train depot, said a spokesperson with the agency.

In August, a small group of local historians were let behind the fence at Lankershim and Chandler boulevards in the NoHo Arts District to get glimpse of the first round of finished restorations, which included a nifty paint job that came with a $264,326 bill.

That effort was phase one. In phase two, efforts are to include shell and core rehabilitation of the existing structure, including new footings and seismic strengthening to reinforce the structure, according to Metro.

During that tour over the summer, a Metro official said phase two work could begin as early as December, but no start date will be made official until the agency awards the contract.

"Metro is in the final bid evaluation phase and anticipates to release a final determination within the next two weeks," said Whitney Pulupa, a construction relations trainee with Metro.

Phase two work could last about a year, according to Metro.

The depot was built in 1896 and saw the last Red Car trolleys pass through to downtown in the 1950s

There's no plans yet either on what to do with the historic site once its revitalized. A few local history buffs offered their own opinions, varying from reopening the site as a museum to making the lot the new permanent home for the Weddington house, another famed and historic landmark in North Hollywood.

Bob Peppermuller December 04, 2012 at 09:31 PM
We are coming up on the 60th anniversary of "die day" for the Pacific Electric San Fernando line, Dec 28, 1952. The paint job is fairly representative of the paint scheme used in the first half of the 20th century. It would need only touch up going further. The "other" North Hollywood remnant of the Pacific Electric days is the Sub-Station on the SW corner of Vineland and Riverside drive. Yes that Colonial medical office building is over 100 years old (1910-1911). That cupola on the top of the building was where the cooling tower was situated. The colonads were added after the building was converted. It is not a protected landmark.
Jean Jeunet December 05, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Ok, I need to slow down. I read the heading so fast, I thought Metro was building a new Home Depot.
Jennifer Fabos Patton December 05, 2012 at 09:15 AM
A museum would be nice. The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is looking for a place.
Bob December 05, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Confusing to me as to why they'd fully repair and paint the outside of the building BEFORE they did all the structural work. Seems like the reverse of what it should be.
Bob Peppermuller December 05, 2012 at 07:00 PM
The station was in in advanced arrested decay. The work they did was to slow down that process which included painting. It is NOT a fully repair job, just stabilization and cleanup. There is an undercoat under the exterior paint job. The end intent is to keep the exterior looking as close as possible to it's halcyon days in the first part of the 20th century. It was built ~ 1893 and has not been altered in any significant way since then. Next year is its 120th birthday. Further reading see "Pacific Electric and the Growth of San Fernando Valley" by Dave Coscia published in 2011.

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