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Historic Kyle Train Depot receives heavy duty renovations

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A historic part of the City of Kyle is receiving a major facelift.

The City of Kyle has begun renovations on the Kyle Train Depot, expected to cost nearly a million dollars.

"It's been a great experience opening up some of the history of this building and bringing it back to what it was," Mark Harrington with SpawGlass Contractors Inc. said.

Built in 1917, the Kyle depot served as the town’s commercial and communications hub for decades.

It was purchased by local businessman Charles Nash in 1962 who moved it to his family farm. In 2003, the building was gifted back to Kyle.

After contractors finish with the building's exterior, the third phase of restoration will tackle the inside.

But before they can get started on that, the Hays County Historical Commission will have to round up some more money. They’re about $60,000 short of finishing the second phase.

Kate Johnson with the commission is confident they’ll get it.

"It's kind of a disbelief how many people love history in this community," Johnson said.

Eventually, the old depot will have a new life as a museum and park.

"People love historic buildings, and as they get older, they love them even more," Johnson said.

The Hays County Historical Commission hopes the project will be complete by Christmas.

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