Tenants of the historic Bedford Depot building at 80 Loomis St. are thrilled by the Select Board’s vote on Monday extending their leases for two years, beginning Jan. 1.
“I am very appreciative to the Select Board for granting me two more years to serve our great community of Bedford, and the surrounding communities as well,” said Anthony Davis, proprietor of For the Boyz barbershop on the first floor.
Scott Cahaly, who operates Scott’s Stone Carving and Sculpture Gallery upstairs, also expressed gratitude. He added, “We are the creative people at the heart of the new cultural district.”
He was also referring to his Depot neighbor. “The Glass Cooperative is an anchor point for the cultural district,” said Barbara Purchia, one of the founders. “We, along with stone sculptor Scott Cahaly, highlight the importance of the arts for Bedford. We are thrilled that we can continue our work in this space.”
There’s also a small first-floor space rented by Bedford Baseball and Softball, used for equipment storage.
The 19th century railroad station was purchased by the town from private ownership in 1999 and restored. Small businesses have leased space while town officials considered whether a single use would be applicable. The building anchors Depot Park, the terminus of Minuteman Bikeway.
On Monday, the Select Board approved renewals with rents ranging between $500 and $850 monthly. Tenants are also responsible for 20 percent of operational and maintenance costs.
“The Glass Cooperative has been in unit three since 2010,” Purchia related. “We are a group of stained-glass artisans who love our space. Our unit has a wooden cathedral ceiling, lots of windows, and wooden beams which are perfect for hanging our artwork. The studio is airy and welcoming and conducive to the ancient art of stained glass.”
Cahaly, a former resident sculptor at the Vermont Marble Exhibit, brought his students to the Depot in 2014. His carving classes range from single-session to a full semester.
For the Boyz is the newest tenant, relocating from North Road about three years ago.
“I hope to stay in Depot Park as long as I can,” Davis declared.