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Historic Train Depot & Site Planning Community Workshop #1 - March 17, 2018

Updated on 03/30/2018 10:13 AM


Project Overview


With the start of SMART passenger service and the anticipated completion of the Downtown SMART station expected in mid/late-2019, staff will begin to explore options for the renovation and reuse of the City-owned Depot and site (“Depot Lot”) to activate this new gateway into the Downtown.

Information on the Downtown SMART Station project is available at


The historic Depot is located at the Downtown SMART Station, near the corner of Railroad Avenue at the easternmost end of Grant Avenue.

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Community outreach has started on the possibilities to redevelop the depot building and site. The first community meeting was on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 10am-noon at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue. The next meeting will be at the Depot site (weather permitting) on Thursday, April 19 from 5-8pm. If you can't attend, please sign up for notifications so we can keep you updated on the planning process.

Staff will share this community feedback with the City Council for consideration and potential programming in the City's FY 18/19 CIP budget.

Background Information

On June 27, 2017, the City Council requested staff to agendize an item to “develop options and a plan of action to renovate and reuse the Historic Depot located at Railroad and Grant Avenues in Downtown Novato.”

At their meeting on September 26, 2017, the City Council provided direction to begin outreach and information gathering on options for the renovation and reuse of the historic train depot and City-owned Depot Lot in Downtown Novato with cost for this initial process not to exceed $50,000.

Contact Info

Peggy Flynn
Assistant City Manager

Russ Thompson
Public Works Director

Jessica Deakyne
Senior Management Analyst

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