Contractor bids are now being sought for some parts of the renovation project that will turn St. Paul’s historic Union Depot into a rail hub.
Finance & Commerce reports that officials are seeking contractor bids for earthwork, abatement, piling and demolition, as they prepare for work on the track area closest to the river.
It includes lots of prep work, such as removing lead paint and asbestos.
The Post Office has used much of that space in recent years, and more of the major work is expected to start next year, when its mail-sorting operations are moved to Eagan.
The Depot, built around 1920, was the major transportation spot through World War II. Officials are preparing for its revival, saying it will be the link for local and regional rail and bus traffic.
Optimistic estimates say the renovation could be finished by the end of 2012.