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"We realize that that's not enough space to accommodate all those and some of those things may come into conflict," said McManus. "If you're going to have artifacts, you can't have the public milling around through them and not have them protected."

The committee is working with an engineering firm, Erdman Anthony, and an architecture group, Argus Architecture, to plan out exactly how to use the building.

The plan is to have the building complete in March 2012, to follow the guidelines set by the stimulus package, in order to receive the money. But first, designs are being made which will be brought back to the community for discussion.

According to McManus, they should be able to go out to bid by December of next year, followed by the beginning of construction in 2011.

"We'll balance the historic with the modern day needs," she said.

The committee is searching for interior photos of the railway station. McManus may be contacted at 297-6753 or melissamcmanusllc@gmail.com.

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