July 2011: Gray City Council approves the acquisition of the Gray Station Depot
August 2011: Gray Station Depot Acquisition Committee is formed. First Meeting held at Gordon Depot in Gordon, GA on August 1. Committee Members are: Heather Busby (Gray Station Better Hometown), Cecil Ethridge (Gray DDA), Gus Wilson (City of Gray Mayor), Kenneth Turner (City of Gordon Mayor), Jim & Carol Brittain (Gray citizens), Chris Smarr (PLAN organization), Debbie Lurie-Smith (Jones County News), Sherri Rollins (Gray Developer), Ashley Mackin (lawyer & GSBHT Economic Restructuring Chair), Tommy Edwards (Middle GA Railroad Association), Bubber Epps (House Representative), Susan Holmes (General Assembly Rep.), Jason McSwain (Jones Co. History & Heritage Organization), Doug Redmond (Jones Co-Gray Chamber of Commerce), Judy Webb (Keep Jones Beautiful).
-Letter approved by City Council and sent to Robert Williams of Norfolk Southern by City of Gray.
-Gray Feed & Seed agreed to not renew lease on Depot from Norfolk Southern. They will contact NS to grant their support for the City of Gray’s acquisition. New lease arrived week of Aug 8-12.
August 15: 2nd Committee Meeting Held at Gray Station Depot. The committee agreed to contact Charles Wolf, architect for the Gordon Depot, to tour the facility and give his professional assessment.
-City Council approved two letters for Technical Assistance by Middle Georgia Regional Commission’s Historic Preservation Planner, Kristina Harpst, to assist with Transportation Enhancement Grant and National Register of Historic Places designation.
August 18: Committee Members Heather Busby, Cecil Ethridge & Jim Brittain met with architect Charles Wolf to tour the Depot.
September 2: Committee Meets with Eric Sylvester of Norfolk Southern. Tour of Gray Station Depot. Mr. Sylvester requests a full floor plan to be included in proposal. It was stated that the acquisition process will more than likely take a year.
September 6: 3rd Committee Meeting Held at City Hall of Gray. Agenda includes: Possible Hiring of Charles Wolf to create floor plan. Work with MGRC on application for National Register of Historic Places.
September 20: Committee notified that the EPD will be pursuing a study of the property. The Committee will continue with the process of applying for the placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
October 2011: Funds raised & Architect Charles Wolf hired to create official floor plan.
November 3: Preliminary Determination paperwork submitted to the State Review Board of the National Register of Historic Places.
December 1: Letter Received from Review Board stating that the Gray Station Depot is deemed eligible for applying to the National Register of Historic Places.
January 23, 2012: First Gray Station Depot Acquisition Committee Meeting of 2012 to at City Hall of Gray.
February 2012: Met with Charles Wolf to create Conceptual Drawings of the Depot
May 2012: EPD Report clears the land of any future underground well testing.
August 2012: Conceptual drawings completed by Charles Wolf
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012: Presentation to City Council of Gray requesting acquisition of Depot from Norfolk Southern. View full proposal HERE (COMING SOON).