If you’re a Gold Line rider who travels through the Foothills, you may have noticed the ongoing construction taking place next to Monrovia Station as developers renovate the historic Santa Fe Depot. The depot, built in 1926 and closed in 1972, has been sitting vacant for decades.
But soon all that green fencing will be coming down!
Check out the video above to see some of the work that’s been done so far. All of the metal works, tiles and columns are restored originals, while the former train platform is set to become outdoor dining space. The renovation work is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, and a restaurant — not publicly identified yet — is slated to move in and open this coming spring.
The Santa Fe Depot is adjacent to Station Square Park, which includes a playground and amphitheatre. The park opened in 2016 at the same time as the Gold Line Foothill Extension. The depot is also across the street from a new 261-unit apartment building called MODA that is currently under construction.
Once the depot is reopened, the Monrovia Station Square Transit Village will be a great place to have a meal, explore, enjoy some music or relax. And it will be super convenient to Gold Line riders.
Related: The Gem City blog also has some great before/after pics of the depot.