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Demolition to begin on parts of St. Paul’s Union Depot for rebuild project

Demolition of parts of the Union Depot in downtown St.

Demolition of parts of the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul — the next step in rebuilding the historic train station into a “multi-modal transportation hub ” — will begin Tuesday.

The demolition behind the main depot building will make room for train tracks and bus lanes.

Aan official groundbreaking of the project is scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m., at Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street, and lots of officials are expected:

  • Gov. Mark Dayton (invited)
  • Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken (invited)
  • Congresswoman Betty McCollum (confirmed)
  • Rep. Alice Hausman (confirmed)
  • Mayor Chris Coleman (confirmed)
  • Jim McDonough, Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority chair (confirmed)
  • Matt Kramer, president/CEO, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (confirmed)
  • Shar Knutson, president, Minnesota AFL-CIO (confirmed)

Thousands of construction jobs will be filled during the two-year construction process. A $35 million federal grant is helping to pay for this part of the $243 million project.