By Kelly Goff, September 20, 2013
Metro announced today, September 20, 2013, that a restoration on the
Historic Southern Pacific North Hollywood train depot is set to begin,
as construction crews work to rehab the facility over the coming year as
part of Measure R projects throughout the county. Metro is funding a
major portion of the $3.6 million project. Depot is on Chandler Blvd.
and Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is moving forward with the
second phase of restoration on the nineteenth-century Southern Pacific
train depot in North Hollywood, officials said Friday.
crews removed hazardous lead paint, asbestos and other materials from
the station last year and will now spend the next 10 months completing a
seismic overhaul and adding new plumbing and electrical systems.
we kick off the restoration construction work on this historic train
depot, and this major undertaking has been a long time coming,” Los
Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said in a statement. “But once
we complete the work, the public will have an opportunity to step back
in time to the nineteenth century and revisit a vanished era in our
The depot sits near both the Metro Orange and Red Line’s North
Hollywood stations, and was constructed by developer Isaac Lankershim in
It was crucial to commercial development of the San
Fernando Valley and was used to transport goods from nearby farms,
canneries and a packing plant. It also served as the depot for the
passenger-carrying Red Cars until 1952.
Metro acquired the property in 1990, but multiple earlier plans to rehab the facility stalled due to funding shortfalls.
current project has a $3.6 million price tag, and is being funded
primarily by a half-cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 1990.
The city of Los Angeles has kicked in a little less than a third of the
total cost, $1.1 million.
The project was greenlighted as part of Measure R, which authorized $40 billion for mass transit expansion across the county.
preservation and integration of historic structures into new mobility
is important so we are preserving our past and advancing into the future
with this project,” Metro board Chairwoman Diane DuBois said in a
The building will be refitted with new siding, eaves,
windows and doors during this stage of renovation. A small park will
also be built on the site and the symbolic train tracks will be restored
during a third phase.
Metro has not decided on final plans for the site, but plans to lease the depot to business tenants.
be available for tenants for mixed use or retail leases,” Metro
spokesman Rick Jager said. “There has been some talk of a rail museum on
the site, too. The short answer is that it hasn’t been decided, but the
goal is to get the building up to code so that it can be leased.”