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Former Union Depot to become police services, museum

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Renovations on a century-old building give it new life, complete with new purpose.

"This was the passenger depot in Decatur from 1905 until it closed in the early 1970s or 1980s," said David Breland, director of Decatur Historic Resources.

Saturday, March 26, leaders will cut the ribbon on the restored building at 10 am. The building will serve two purposes.

"Part of it is going to be a museum and the other portion of the building is going to departments for our different police services," said Decatur Police Chief Nadis Carlisle.

The building sat empty for over 35 years, and it's the perfect place to display what was once the biggest industry in the river city.

"We've had railroad history for well over 180 years," explained Breland. "This is going to interpret that history and how it has affected the city."

Breland went on to explain the building isย a big part of the downtown redevelopment plan and a new entranceway to the Old Town neighborhood.

For officers, it's much better than buying a new building.

"We need more room than we have at city hall," said Chief Carlisle. "It also would get us out of our main bulling and get us out a little more into the community. People will be able to come by and talk to the officers and look at the museum."

Decatur PD plan to move in sometime in April. The traffic division and school resource officers are among the departments that will be housed there.