The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a few weeks away from awarding a contract for revitalizing the structure of the historic North Hollywood train depot, said a spokesperson with the agency.
In August, a small group of local historians were let behind the fence at Lankershim and Chandler boulevards in the NoHo Arts District to get glimpse of the first round of finished restorations, which included a nifty paint job that came with a $264,326 bill.
That effort was phase one. In phase two, efforts are to include shell and core rehabilitation of the existing structure, including new footings and seismic strengthening to reinforce the structure, according to Metro.
During that tour over the summer, a Metro official said phase two work could begin as early as December, but no start date will be made official until the agency awards the contract.
"Metro is in the final bid evaluation phase and anticipates to release a final determination within the next two weeks," said Whitney Pulupa, a construction relations trainee with Metro.
Phase two work could last about a year, according to Metro.
The depot was built in 1896 and saw the last Red Car trolleys pass through to downtown in the 1950s
There's no plans yet either on what to do with the historic site once its revitalized. A few local history buffs offered their own opinions, varying from reopening the site as a museum to making the lot the new permanent home for the Weddington house, another famed and historic landmark in North Hollywood.