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Bluewater
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« on: Nov 2nd, 2012, 11:16am »
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Kalamazoo= The cool kid on the block  
 
The staffed station in Kalamazoo underwent a year long renovation which was completed in the summer of 2006. Today, it is a fine example of historic preservation efforts, and is Michiganís second busiest Amtrak station. It is located on the north edge of downtown, between Rose Street on the west side and Burdick Street on the east side. The large sandstone building (built in 1887) is the intermodal transit hub of Kalamazoo, and includes not only Amtrak, but Greyhound and Indian Trails bus lines, and city bus operator Kalamazoo Transportation Authority.
 
Metered parking is available along Burdick and Rose streets, and another metered lot is located across Rose from the station. A long term parking deck is located across Kalamazoo Street in front of the station building. Taxis are always present for train arrivals; the cab stand is located on the Rose Street side of the station.
 
The renovation work restored the station to much of its original grandeur. The confusing waiting room created during a 1970s renovation was restored to a more open setting, with a new wrought-iron and wood Amtrak ticket window installed at the center of the building. The bay window was restored, and original and duplicate wooden benches now grace the waiting room. A sundry and snack shop is open at the Rose Street (west) end of the building for passengers to make purchases. There is also a McDonaldís across Rose, and several other excellent but inexpensive restaurants within a short walk of the station.
 
The stationís only downfall is its close proximity to a local rescue mission, whose clients often drop into the station for brief periods of time. The Kalamazoo Police Department regularly has patrols through the station to keep the situation under control. Although the waiting room is much larger than just a few years ago, it can be a very busy place, and crowds often get quite large for popular trains. Station stops are often longer than normal due to the high passenger count here.
 
Downtown Kalamazoo has been revitalized over the past years and is full of interesting shops, restaurants, and parks. It is the home of Western Michigan University, and has such attractions as the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Kalamazoo Pedestrian Mall. It is rich in history and preservation, and this is mirrored by the cityís consistent effort to maintain the beautiful station building.
 
--Written by Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers (MARP)


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Yes, There really is a Kalamazoo, Michigan
You'd better believe it too!



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« Reply #1 on: Nov 2nd, 2012, 3:05pm »
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It's certainly a station success story. Hopefully it remains that way for the foreseeable future!
 
Thanks for the post,
 
Henry


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« Reply #2 on: Nov 5th, 2012, 7:25pm »
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on Nov 2nd, 2012, 3:05pm, Henry wrote:       (Click here for original message)
It's certainly a station success story. Hopefully it remains that way for the foreseeable future!
 
Thanks for the post,
 
Henry

It is indeed a success story, thank you.


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Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 22:55:20 -0400
From: James Dent  
Subject: KALAMAZOO, MI (rshsdepot)
 
 
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Craft beer lovers and sushi lovers will have new hangouts
in downtown Kalamazoo this year.
 
HopCat parent company BarFly Ventures LLC announced Thursday it will open
its craft beer bar
http://www.mlive.com/beer/2016/03/hopcat_is_coming_to_downtown_k.html#comments and restaurant this fall in the historic train depot at 427 E. Michigan
Ave. That location also will be home to Maru Sushi and Grill, which the
Kalamazoo City Commission gave local approval
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2016/01/sushi_restaurant_planned_for_d.html for a liquor license in January.
 
 
http://www.mlive.com/beer/2016/03/hopcat_sushi_restaurant_to_sha.html
 
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The Railroad Station Historical Society maintains a database of existing
railroad structures at: http://www.rrshs.org


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« Reply #4 on: Apr 1st, 2016, 6:38pm »
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Former train depot? So the success story of 2012 and "the foreseeable future" is one of repurposing to a bar? Where do the trains stop now?

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