Lula’s long-awaited depot renovations are nearing completion, and the city will be hosting a ribbon cutting for the new event space on Sept. 27.
The building was completely gutted inside and renovated with new walls, floors, lighting and furniture. The outside was given a fresh coat of gray paint, new bricks and a new digital sign welcoming people to Lula. Crews are cleaning up the site to prepare for the reopening.
Lula depot opening
When: Ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27; open house 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Where: 5911 Wall St., Lula
The renovations, which began last year, have cost the city about $252,000. The first phase of the project focused on the building itself, but next the city will get to work on fixing up the grounds and the stage area. The second phase will cost about $178,000, and the Council awarded the bid to Square Deal Enterprises of Sautee Nacoochee on Monday. Work is expected to begin on the second phase after the city’s Fall Festival on Oct. 5.
City Manager Dennis Bergin said residents have already been calling to ask about booking the depot for events.
“I think the biggest thing we’re going to get out of this is more community activities,” he said.
While locals call the building the “depot” because it sits by the train tracks downtown, it was never used as a train depot. It was built in 1991. The Lula Area Betterment Association donated the building to the city in 2017.
The space will be used for city events like Railroad Days, an annual springtime festival, and will also be available to rent out for events or group meetings.
“We think it’s a wow factor, and we’re pretty excited about it,” Bergin said.
Community members can see the new space at the ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Sept. 27, or they can attend the open house Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The depot is located at 5911 Wall St.