Two named to depot committee

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The Englewood City Council voted May 6 to name Harvey Pratt and Donald Roll as the resident members on the committee that will evaluate the two proposals submitted to purchase, restore and use the Englewood depot.

However, on My 10th Christopher McDermott was named to the committee because Pratt wouldn't be available for the May 23 meeting.

The council reviewed five applications and then selected the two men to serve on the committee.

The committee is the next step in the process that began when Englewood put the train depot up for sale earlier this year, and a trio of offers to buy the building was received in response to the city’s request for proposal.

Council members decided to establish a committee made up of two residents and three professionals with expertise related to historic preservation and financing of historic structure restoration.

Initially, there were three proposals submitted by the Englewood Historic Preservation Society, the Englewood Urban Farm and Tom and Patti Parson.

The historic preservation society wants to turn the depot into a community history museum, the Parsons want to create a living museum of letterpress printing, and the urban farm sought to establish an urban farm community center.

The field narrowed to just the society and the Parsons when the farm withdrew its proposal.

Mike Flaherty, deputy city manager, told the city council at the May 6 study session that the tentative plan calls for the ad hoc committee to review and evaluate the proposals on May 23, in order to make a recommendation for the preferred proposal to the city council.

Donald Roll has lived in Englewood for eight years. He is retired from a career as a real estate appraiser, property owner and manager of the operation of apartment properties. He is a member of the Malley Senior Center Advisory Board and serves on the steering committee for the Englewood Community Gardens.

McDermott has lived in Englewood for two months. He is a certified general commercial appraise and he is a volunteer after-school tutor and a member of the Big Brothers project.

He said he loves Englewood and wants to help with development of the city.

Two of the professionals, Jane Daniels, director of Colorado Preservation, and Patrick Eidman, preservation planner for the Colorado Office of Historic Preservation, have confirmed they will attend the meeting. Flaherty said the final committee member will be Hugh Brown, recently retired, who has 10 years experience as financial advisor to non-profit organizations.

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