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Downtown Joplin Alliance to Host Presentation about the Future of Union Depot

Joplin Union Depot
Joplin Union Depot

The Union Depot is a reinforced concrete structure and contains approximately 22,640 square feet of usable space within the entry-level, the second floor, and the basement. It sits on 3.6 acres and was designed by Louis Curtiss, a well-known architect from Kansas City.

The Downtown Joplin Alliance in collaboration with Connect2Culture will host a presentation and provide an update on the Joplin Union Depot.

Joe Borgstorm, co-owner of Main + Place Advisors headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan will lead the presentation. Last week KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro spoke with Joe and first asked what information is used to help market Joplin’s Union Depot.

Extended Interview with Main+Place's Joe Borgstorm

The last train left the Joplin Union Depot nearly 54 years ago on November 4, 1969.

On Tuesday, the Downtown Joplin Alliance is hosting a presentation about a possible redevelopment of the property. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Joplin Union Depot Wrap

If you're driving on Main Street north of downtown Joplin, the Union Depot built in 1911 is both easy to miss and an eyesore as a chain link fence encircles the vacant property.

Last year the Downtown Joplin Alliance listed the Depot on commercial real estate websites although property is listed as an opportunity zone without a price.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office has owned the building since 1998 with hopes of finding a buyer who will rehabilitate the structure.

Joe Borgstrom has worked in the field of Downtown Redevelopment, Community and Economic Development for over 20-years and is co-owner of Place+Main in East Lansing Michiganwith his wife Kirsten.

Joe will present a Feasibility Study on the Depot and a Gap Analysis of downtown Joplin on Tuesday at the Cornell Complex. He explains how this information will answer questions and provide a vision for what the Depot could become for a future developer.

“We started with a baseline of geofencing. So it’s an ability for us to understand who at a zip code level is coming into the community. It gives us a sense of where folks are coming from, from a neighborhood level. So we’re able to, the first thing we do is we establish what we call the primary and secondary trade areas.”

The presentation at the Cornell Complex is open to the public and starts at 11 a.m. It will also be live-streaming on the Downtown Joplin Alliance’s Facebook page.

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Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch krps.org to an NPR style news and information website.