On Monday, June 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Orlando will celebrate the completion of the $3 million restoration of the historic Amtrak Station with a public ribbon cutting. This station was built in 1926 and continues to provide long distance rail service to approximately 160,550 passengers a year.
The rehabilitation project enhanced the aesthetics of the station while preserving its historic features, including:
- repairs to the stucco and roof
- relocation of the air conditioning system
- restoration of the windows; and
- external ADA accessibility
Who paid for it? Through a partnership between the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Orlando, a $3 million Strategic Intermodal Systems grant funded the design and first phase of improvements to the Amtrak Station. The City and Orlando Health then partnered to provide a soft match. This allowed the City to utilize the value of projects already built in the surrounding area as a match equaling $3 million (50% of the grant). No funding in the form of cash was provided from the City or Orlando Health.