| The six-year search for a business to take over the Train Depot may finally come to an end this Tuesday night, after the City Council reviews an application for a "wine and beer bar" by Castro Point owner Christine Tran.
The 1,100 square foot structure in Centennial Plaza -- located near the corner of Castro Street and the railroad tracks -- was designed as a replica 1888 train depot. The building has been vacant since it was dedicated during the city's centennial celebration in 2002.
According to the city, Tran's idea for an "Artisan Depot" includes selling prepackaged gourmet meals and breakfast food and coffee to weekday Caltrain commuters, as well as some unspecified retail sales. Tran is co-owner of Castro Point restaurant on the corner of California and Castro streets. Her idea was chosen over those of nine other applicants.
If approved, Tran would receive up to $200,000 to make tenant improvements to the building. Rent is set at $2,200 a month, along with a one-time parking in-lieu fee of $54,000.
Also on Tuesday, the council will discuss a strategy for coming up with a Cuesta Annex master plan, which would solidify years of discussion about what to do with the undeveloped 12-acre space next to Cuesta Park.
The council also is set to approve a revised parks and open space plan, a section of the city's general plan that the parks and recreation commission has been considering for some time now. Changes from the 2001 version include a new definition of open space, along with a recommendation that there be another large park within the city.
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