The City of Brighton is currently negotiating lease terms with the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce and Boxcar Bistro to co-locate at the historic depot on Bridge Street, and both occupants are expected to formalize a lease in the coming weeks. Once approved by City Council, the next phase of transforming the depot building into a new community facility will begin.
Rehabilitation of the depot building has already started and will continue throughout the spring and summer months as the site transforms into a visitors center and café. The city’s intent is to reactivate the property and transform it into something the whole community can enjoy, while respecting the history of the site.
The Brighton City Council recognized the historical significance of this building and approved the acquisition back in 2018. In order to facilitate this reactivation, City Council authorized seeking a public-private partnership to occupy this space in the future. The depot building is located on the same campus as The Armory Performing Arts Center and Anythink Library, and City Council directed staff to seek tenants that would help integrate the depot building into the existing amenities onsite. The city put out an official solicitation last year for those partnerships.
The City of Brighton received four proposals from organizations and business owners interested in occupying the space and staff began evaluating those proposals in late fall of 2018 with the Council’s goals in mind. Beginning in January 2019, staff received direction from City Council to start negotiating formal leases with the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce to operate a visitors bureau and also with Boxcar Bistro to operate a unique food and drink concept that will support the activities at the adjacent Armory Performing Arts Center and Library.