Taxi company loses office at Saugatuck RR station
To accommodate renovations at the eastbound depot at the Saugatuck Metro-North train station, Westport Star Taxi will have to vacate its office there within 30 days, First Selectman Gordon Joseloff announced Tuesday.
"This will not impact the right of Westport Star Taxi to operate at the station," Joseloff said in a statement.
The town will issue a request for proposals for tenant space at the station after the renovations, according to Joseloff.
Westport Star Taxi has occupied its space at the station on a month-to-month lease. Along with any other business, it will be able to apply to be a tenant at the station, Joseloff added. No employees at Westport Star Taxi could be reached immediately for comment.
The end of the taxi company's office operations at the station caused by one of the most significant capital projects carried out at the Saugatuck rail depot in recent years. Renovation of the station house started six weeks ago and will probably finish in about another month, according to Police Chief Dale Call. The town's railroad parking fund will pay for the project.
Including exterior repairs and painting done last year, the revamp of the eastbound depot will cost about $135,000, according to Call.
"Unfortunately, the building suffered through many years of minimal maintenance," Call said in an email Tuesday.
Under its lease agreement with the state, the town is required to carry out work to maintain the station. In addition to aesthetic work, the renovation of the station house will include putting in a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, electrical
wiring, monitored fire/smoke alarm systems and two new bathrooms that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
"The building is no longer an eyesore and embarrassment to the town or the state as people come in by train," Call said.
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