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Opp seeking grant to rehab depot

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Opp officials are pursuing a $400,000 grant to renovate the city’s depot – a project that could mean “big things” for the city, officials said Monday.

Mayor John Bartholomew said if awarded, the transportation alternatives program grant would require a 20 percent match and would rehab the building to include a new roof, bathroom and kitchenette facilities.

It could also serve as a new home for the city’s chamber of commerce; however, during Monday night’s workshop session, council members Mary Brundidge and TD Morgan didn’t like that idea.

Bartholomew said the project could mean “big things” for the city.

“Once it is finished, we could use the property for outdoor events,” Bartholomew said. “We could add a stage in the back for outdoor band events. Pave the parking lot. I could see it as a new chamber of commerce – now, that’s just an idea. Maybe even include a gift shop.”

Bartholomew said an architect’s rendering should be submitted to the city in the coming days.