Governor Phil Bredesen joined TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely and state and local leaders today to announce that the state will provide the Town of Baxter with an enhancement grant of $362,992 to assist with the development of the Baxter Historic Visitors Center. This project is in downtown Baxter near Exit 280 on Interstate 40. The Baxter Historic Visitors Center will be constructed at the site of the Baxter Railroad Depot, built in 1904, by reconstructing the depot as accurately as possible to its original architecture. In addition, origininal material remains from the Depot will be incorporated into the new Visitors Center. The construction of the new Baxter Historic Visitors Center will be a significant step in the revitalization effort currently underway in downtown Baxter.
"Revitalization projects like this enhance the lives of both Tennesseans and visitors to our state," said Governor Bredesen. "I am very pleased the state of Tennessee is making this important investment in the Baxter Historic Visitors Center."
The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program. This project will complete the construction of the Baxter Historic Visitors Center on the site of the original Baxter Depot. Once complete, this center will assist greatly in bringing new life to Baxter, while revitalizing the downtown Baxter area.