Kokomo’s historic downtown train depot is refurbished and ready for business. Mayor Greg Goodnight says the quarter of a million dollars the city spent to purchase and renovate the depot not only spurs economic development, but maintains historic preservation.
“Obviously we love new investment in our community, new buildings, but we also want to make sure we preserve the historic buildings when possible,” Goodnight says.
He says the depot is city owned and managed. The upstairs public space may be rented through the city parks department.
Two private businesses now occupy the main level including A. Michael’s restaurant and their newest tenant, Tin Man Brewing.
Managing Partner Amanda Lewton says it’s their first location outside of Evansville.
“So it really touches on Fort Wayne and Muncie and Lafayette so it really offers a lot of opportunity of growth for Tin Man,” Lewton says.
She says the company spent somewhere around $1 million to create the brewery inside the depot. Mayor Goodnight says the area is pedestrian friendly with the Industrial Heritage Trail just outside the depot.