Vacant Missouri train station still for sale 20 years later

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP)   This year marks two decades that the state of Missouri has owned a vacant train station.

The Joplin Globe reports that the once-grand Union Depot has sat unoccupied in Joplin for decades. The last passenger train left the station in 1969.

The Department of Natural Resources has long been ready and willing to sell the station as soon as someone with a plan comes along. The department would require the buyer to honor a rehabilitation covenant as a condition of the sale, which means the new owners would have to rehab it as a historic property and can't tear it down.

Department spokesman Brian Quinn says several groups have expressed an interest in the station over the years but a lack of funding has erased any potential deals.

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