Downtown Stakeholders Invited to Depot Design Charrette

On Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m. the public is invited to the Archer House Lower Level Conference Room for a discussion on efforts to relocate and restore the historical depot station off Highway 3 and Spring Street. Co-sponsored by the NDDC and organized by Save the Northfield Depot (STND), a new local 501 c 3, the session will present the group’s progress to date, site plan, and partnership concepts. Historic preservation and community planning expert John Lauber and local architect and STND Steering Committee member, Steve Edwins, will facilitate as part of a daylong design charette. More information on the STND project can be found at

“This is everyone’s opportunity to respond to what comes out of the design charrette. We need to know the public’s response [to the ideas] in order to move forward appropriately” according to Steering Committee Chair, Rob Martin. Nearly thirty-five business and community leaders have been invited to meet Friday morning to help determine the physical and economic feasibility of relocating and preserving the depot, to identify potential uses of the relocated depot, and to develop a plan for potentially incorporating the depot into the phased development of the “Q Block” – the site preferred by STND.

Save the Northfield Depot is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organized to rescue and restore the historic depot building in Northfield. Nearly 50 volunteers work towards this goal by sharing the historical significance with the community and identifying a new location, owner(s), and user(s) in order to retain an important part of Northfield’s heritage. STND began as a project initiated by Northfield in Bloom in 2008. It is comprised of an eight-member steering committee, project manager and five sub-committees.

For more information please go to or contact Rob Martin at 645-7579.