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The waiting game continues for changes to city eyesore
The waiting game continues for changes to city eyesore

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The wait for renovations to a city eyesore will continue.

Tuesday night, the Coopersville Downtown Development Authority was hoping for an update on plans to transform 306 Main St. into a train depot, but a spokesman for the Coopersville-Marne Railroad group did not attend the meeting.

The Main Street facility was last used as part of a new car dealership.  DDA Director Steve Patrick says the railroad group purchased the site about three years ago, with the original intention of completing a depot by 2012.  The renovated space would be used for ticket sales, memorabilia and possibly a gift shop.  Patrick says the delays always appear to be legitimate, but many nearby business owners consistently inquire as to when construction will start.  The City is also anxious for the project to begin and end, so it can begin work on a nearby pocket park.

The DDA is hoping for an update on the project during its next meeting, tentatively set for September.