Contact: Tony Mancuso, Property Manager, 218-725-5085, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Louis County was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society for accessibility improvements at the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center (The Depot). The funds will help make the Depot’s main restrooms accessible to people with disabilities and fund accessibility improvements to the building’s primary elevator. The County Board will vote to accept the funds on December 12, 2006.
Third District Commissioner Bill Kron, a long time history buff and Chair of the St. Louis County Board’s Economic Development Committee, praised the project, stating: “The grant will be leveraged with county funds to make needed accessibility improvements to this important historic landmark and home to area arts and service organizations. It is also a step forward in building infrastructure for potential commuter rail service.” Tony Mancuso, the county’s Director of Property Management, noted that this is the largest grant of its type that the Historical Society has ever awarded. Mancuso added: “We are eager to get this work started so the improvements can be ready for the peak 2007 tourist season.”
The Depot serves almost 200,000 visitors a year and hosts nine heritage and arts organizations, including the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the St. Louis County Historical Society, the Duluth Art Institute, The Duluth Children's Museum, and the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. It is also home to the St. Louis County Veteran’s Services Office. As Ken Buehler, the Depot’s General Manager, noted: “These are important projects that will add to the comfort and safety of our visitors. They demonstrate that the Depot is being cared for as the residents of the county and the region would want and expect. ”