"We were certainly displeased with the quality and color of that tarp," he said. "We used grant money for that tarp and it was kind of an exercise in futility, and we certainly apologize for that."

Herbig said a fine-dining restaurant was considered for the site but because of the flood plain, it would not be possible to have a lower level for food preparation.

"We're looking for professional, commercial or public use for that building. But the main thing we're focusing on immediately is getting the regulatory approval for the site," he said.

Young asked how many vehicles would be able to park there and Herbig replied it would depend on the end use.

The Aberdeen Room will ultimately own the station once the work is completed, Herbig confirmed. The society still intends to partner with the museum on it, however.

"Our primary responsibility now is to move the building safely and secure it," he said, adding the exterior will look "a lot better than now," and the brick facade will be replaced and slate roof returned.

"It's going to be moved, and we learned this last week, very, very slowly. It's a very deliberate process," Herbig said. "They're going to be gentle. They will be gentle with the building."

After the meeting, Bennett said it would be a real achievement to move it at all.

Because of the building's condition, the mayor said, the fire department was not allowed to enter the building if it caught fire. One time, firefighters had to come and pump water out of the ground level to make sure a child would not get caught in there, he said.

"That wood is just so weathered. There is no volume to the wood," he said. "If they make any sudden moves, that building is going to be on the ground."