IF YOU GO
What: Southern Railway Depot grand reopening and open house
When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today
Where: 175 Edwards St.; parking at the Museum Center at Five Points on Inman Street.
CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- More than a century after it opened as a Southern Railway Depot, the old depot building here is reopening today as the home Cleveland's public bus service.
An 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony is set to mark the event at the intersection of Edwards and Inman streets under the management of the Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency.
SETHRA's local Cleveland Urban Area Transit System now is headquartered in the building.
The depot was built in 1908 at a cost of $17,400, said Mayor Tom Rowland. There was a change order in 1910, he said, to add more space and heating.
"I doubt that was HVAC," Rowland joked. "More likely a potbellied stove."
The bottom line for the depot's current renovation is more than $604,000. Renovating the depot, which was placed on the National and Tennessee Registers of Historic Places in 2008, is part of the Five Points redevelopment.
Tracy O'Connell, gift store manager at the Museum Center at Five Points, said the museum was designed to resemble the depot.
Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...