Oklahoma City to Receive $13.6 million Grant to Renovate Santa Fe Station

10 Sep

Oklahoma City to Receive $13.6 million Grant to Renovate Santa Fe Station

Historic public buildings serve as memorable landmarks in a city that remind citizens of how far the city has come. Many cities in the US are now making an effort to preserve their historic places to commemorate their rich history. Some even undergo renovation for future utilization by the public.

The old Santa Fe Station of downtown Oklahoma City is an art deco, stone station, built in 1934 and closed in 1979. The train station was served by Amtrak’s Lone Star, from Chicago to Houston and was reopened in 1999 after Jim Brewer bought the landmark in 1998. Now, it caters to a round trip train ride from OKC to Fort Worth, Texas daily – served by Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer.

Oklahoma City is now receiving a $13.6 million grant provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Transportation Infrastructure Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER). The purpose of the grant is to provide monetary support in renovating the old station to accommodate future transportation plans, including the MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar. It will also serve as a regional transportation center.

Oklahoma City is one of 52 TIGER grants provided by the USDOT. Renovations of the Santa Fe Station will start in 2015, with a projected completion date in 2016.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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