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Work starts on replica of old railroad depot

Oak trees are moved, and work is set to begin on the depot's foundation. Volunteers hope the project will be finished by July 4.

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2000


LUTZ -- Early work to rebuild Lutz's train depot began this week, only hours after Hillsborough County Commissioners approved the project on county land.

Volunteers relocated four small oaks Tuesday night after the county commissioners routine vote that morning.

Surveyors began staking the site Wednesday, said the efforts' chairman, Ron Stoy.

"I've scheduled all the wood for the foundation to come in on either Friday or Monday," Stoy said.

The next step is to drill holes for 30 pilings.

The group wants to complete the depot with volunteer help in time for Lutz's July 4 celebration.

"If the foundation is done in the next week or so, we'll be in good shape," Stoy said.

Lutz originally was Lutz Junction, a rail connection. The replica of the depot is being built near the corner of U.S. 41 and Lutz-Lake Fern Road, a block north of where the original depot sat.

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