Raton Intermodal Center

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) contracted with Leigh, Scott & Cleary, Inc. (LSC) and the Colorado Architecture Partnership (CAP) to prepare a facility reuse plan for the Santa Fe Railroad Station in downtown Raton. The City of Raton, in coordination with the Lodging and Tourism Association of Raton, applied for the CTAA grant in 1997. The grant was awarded in 1998 and this study effort is the result of that grant. The final report will provide a detailed redevelopment plan for the City of Raton so that they will be able to take advantage of the historic depot as a tourism attraction to the area. The final report will present a local perspective of Raton, the issues involved with the restoration of the depot, alternatives for the depot, and an implementation plan.

Throughout the study, it is the goal of the LSC Team and CTAA to involve local governments, local organizations, and citizens in the planning process of the restoration. The initial visits to Raton by the LSC Team were very successful with continuous community support for the depot restoration. The most common response received from citizens was, "Please, fix it up and don't let it waste away."

The LSC Team held an all-day design charette in early June. The purpose of the charette was for the CAP architects and LSC to perform a structural, architectural, and transportation reconnaissance of the depot. Alternatives were developed throughout the day and refined to present at an open house held in the evening and available for the community to review and provide comments. The different scenarios are presented in Chapter III of the Technical Memorandum and on the website.

The open house was held at the Old Pass Gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The open house was a successful event and many citizens provided feedback for the different alternatives. Public meeting announcements were published in the local newspapers, announced on the local radio station, and flyers were distributed throughout the community. Comments received at the open house and the future public meetings will be presented in the Final Report. The preliminary sketches, historic photos, current photos and proposed alternatives are also available on-line for review. The website address for review throughout the study process is: http://www.cyberarchitects.com/raton.

The former Wells Fargo building is located adjacent to the depot and has been restored. It houses the Old Pass Gallery.


Project Status

LSC and CAP have prepared a Final Report which provides the recommendations for redevelopment. The recommendations are also available on the CAP site.

The recommendations were presented at a public open house held on December 6 at the Old Pass Gallery.


Updated 12/30/99

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