The old B&O Railroad Station will likely be turned into some type of museum, Aberdeen City Council members were told Monday night.
At their regular meeting Monday night, the council got an update on the plan to rebuild the station and learned a city farmers market will be launched this week in Festival Park.
Richard Herbig, of the Harford County Historical Society, told the council one of the possible uses for it early on was a fine-dining restaurant, but that has been largely ruled out because of concerns about the floodplain the station is on.
The most logical use seems to be for some kind of museum, he said.
"We haven't finalized our uses; we've identified multiple uses," he said.
Herbig said an agreement over a deed of easement is expected to be finalized soon with the Maryland Historical Trust, after which grant applications can begin.
Ruth Hendrickson, chairwoman of the Aberdeen Heritage Trust, agreed the site is "very valuable property" but warned the city and the Trust simply do not have money to give to this project now.
"The twelve of us [at the Trust] cannot raise millions of dollars, and at this point in time, I don't think the city of Aberdeen can do it," she told the council. "We'd like to restore it but I don't see any feasible way it can be done…Sometimes you just have to say, 'It would be nice, but.'"
Councilwoman Ruth Elliott also addressed concerns about renovating the train station.
"I don't believe there's any intent to have the taxpayers' money pay for the restoration of B&O Station," she said.
Public works praised
Also at the meeting, City Manager Doug Miller thanked and commended DPW Director Matt Lapinsky and his crew on a "highly, highly complicated and difficult" water main break at the city's Chapel Hill wastewater treatment plant Saturday.
The pipe was shooting a geyser 70 feet in the air, he said, and the crew worked in 100-degree heat to restore the major break in the 70-year-old main.
"It was a very difficult repair and I think our crew started 8 o'clock in the morning and went home 3:30 the following morning. They stuck with it a long time," he said. "It was very complicated and they did a tremendous job."
Farmers market coming
Elliott noted the city's first Amish farmer's market will start this Friday, July 29, and run every Friday through October between 3 and 7 p.m., in Festival Park.
Mayor Mike Bennett also said he was very happy to have an Aberdeen farmer's market, which was a collaborative effort.
"We've been looking to do this for two years now, and Ms. [Phyllis] Grover has been working on this and keeping her nose to the grindstone," he said.
Elliott also noted the death of Heidi Zuchelkowski, longtime owner of Odyssey Salon, on July 14.
Elliott said she had run the Aberdeen business for 32 years.