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Historic Train Depot & Site Planning Community Workshops

Updated on 07/03/2018 5:10 PM

Project Overview


At their regular meeting on July 10, 2018, Council authorized staff to move forward with the request for proposals (RFP) process for the renovation and reuse of the Historic Train Depot and Site.

With the start of SMART passenger service and the anticipated completion of the Downtown SMART station expected in mid/late-2019, staff has begun 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

Downtown Depot Request for Proposals (RFP) >>


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

View project on an interactive map >>


The RFP was released on July 30, 2018. Once proposals are received, the City plans to host a public workshop/open house to share the results of the RFP process and get community feedback. For more information about the RFP process, please visit

The results collected from the community workshops, as well as an online survey, will inform the RFP and provide prospective proposers information about what the community wants at the site.

City staff conducted extensive engagement, outreach and information gathering from March to June 2018 to excite and engage the community in the process of what could be realized at the Depot site. The first community meeting was on Saturday, March 17 at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue. The second meeting was held at the Depot site on Thursday, April 19.

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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