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Brattleboro museum could buy its long-time home from town

October 10, 2021 GMT

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont museum could buy its long-time home in a former railroad depot from the town that owns it.

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center could soon own Union Station, constructed in 1915, which it has leased from the town for $1-a-year for decades.

Town Manager Peter Elwell says the proposed transfer will enable the museum to further invest in the building while relieving Brattleboro taxpayers of any future financial liability for the site.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports the agreement is subject to Amtrak, which uses a small portion of the building, vacating the property by June 30, 2024. Amtrak is scheduled to begin building a new station next year and move to the new station by the end of 2023.

The Brattleboro museum describes itself as a non-collecting contemporary art museum focused on the work of living artists.

The deal would have to be approved at Brattleboro’s 2022 Town Meeting.