Council OKs plan to refurbish [Tucson] Union Pacific train depot June 19th, 1999
Arizona Daily Star 29 June 1999.
QUOTE: “The City Council yesterday approved a 12-year, $26 million plan to refurbish the Union Pacific [originally Southern Pacific] train depot. But rather than choose between the depot’s original 1907 version or the expanded 1941 configuration, the council unanimously agreed to build something that looks like the original but is as big as the existing structure… The council train depot plan will require tearing down portions of the building, making the project more of a historic re-creation than a restoration.” At least one station track will be reactivated.
by Pat Kossan, The Arizona Republic, 12 June 1999.
QUOTE: “Maricopa County is tempering its plans for a downtown Phoenix jail complex, bowing to the city’s demands to save Jackson Street’s old buildings and its potential as an arts and cultural center. The county’s new proposal, which has yet to be approved by the Board of Supervisors, keeps the jail and a six-level parking garage on the drawing board. But the morgue will move, and an old railroad depot [the Santa Fe Freight House] will be restored instead of torn down…”
Phoenix: Save Downtown’s History June 10th, 1999
“Area plans would benefit from county-city cooperation” Editorial, The Arizona Republic 10 June 1999, page B6.
Maricopa County has proposed razing the Santa Fe Freight House just northwest of Union Station to erect a 2000 car parking garage and a morgue.
“The Phoenix and Maricopa County governments need to take seriously the recommendations of the newly formed Jackson Street Advisory Committee… every dusty old pile of bricks knocked down for a jail or morgue or a parking structure is a load of life extracted from Phoenix’s future.”