A board charged with helping bring dreams to rehabilitate and reopen the Big Four Depot in Galion into reality is exploring the feasibility of several plans.

The Dennison Railroad Depot Museum Director Wendy Zucal, who serves as a consultant on the Galion project, said ideas for the three-story facility have centered around a business co-working location and meeting/event space.

“We’re just getting information,” she said. “These are the ideas that keep coming up.”

A co-working site would allow small businesses to rent space for offices in the Depot.

Ben Karam, a Galion Depot, Inc. board member, also works at a tech center co-working site in Dublin as a partner for RenaissanceTech.

“We’ve had a great experience there,” Karam said. “It’s a great shared place with reasonable rates.”

Karam said a similar site sits in Mansfield.

“Giving the community a shared place to work can help cultivate ideas,” Karam said.

Zucal, who visited Karam’s site earlier this week, thinks the co-working idea is “very cool.”

“If this is done, you could nurture businesses who could eventually fill spaces in (Uptowne Galion),” she said.

Zucal said the group is still looking for ideas from community members.

“We want the public to be engaged,” Zucal said.


By Chris Pugh