A new Rail Station is to be located at a prominent site on Main Street in downtown Grapevine to serve the planned TEX Rail commuter rail line project. The site is on the historic Cotton Belt Railroad line and adjacent (just South of) the restored historic Cotton Belt Depot and the Grapevine Heritage Center. City leadership has determined that the location is ideal for a prominent public building that can serve as a significant contributor to the downtown Grapevine Historic District and serve as a gateway to the district from the South. The design is to have historical reference recalling grand train stations and looking to the history of Grapevine complementing the existing historical preservation and vision of the city’s downtown.
Extensive historical research and meetings with the city council and staff have been underway to develop a conceptual design that encompasses the vision for the project. The current conceptual design references a historic station and has adapted this into a design that provides for a community accessible building fronting a significant public plaza, grand train hall, meeting space, a retail market and 150 room boutique hotel. A 400 car parking garage and bus service for commuters will be integrated into the design in an architecturally compatible manner.