Bills mount as downtown Sacramento rail depot gets renovation

March 21, 2016

By Tony Bizjak, The Sacramento Bee

The more walls they tear into at the 90-year-old downtown train depot – aka Sacramento Valley Station – the more problems jump out at them.Website Insert Coach Business Class Food Service copy

The city is in the final nine months of a several-year effort to repair and modernize the station at Fourth and I streets and turn it into a combination transit depot and office and retail hub. It’s a labor of love, city officials say, but an expensive one.

The original construction price was set at $30.5 million, with a $4.5 million contingency fund set aside. So far, managers have tapped that contingency 14 times for $2.7 million worth of added costs. Those include work on leaking roofs, unstable foundations and floors that were out of level.

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