Clean Mill Valley volunteers tidied up the Depot building this week. Courtesy images.

The Depot Bookstore & Cafe building in the heart of downtown Mill Valley got a double dose of good news this week, as volunteers cleared the building’s windows of months-old flyers and grime, and Mill Valley City Manager Jim McCann announced that the long-delayed renovation of the building will finally move forward, with construction set to “commence in coming weeks.”

The cleanup was spearheaded by Clean Mill Valley, a multi-faceted organization dedicated to the beautification of Mill Valley. In addition to cleaning the building’s windows, volunteers Joan Murray, Helen Hebert, Jill Young, Trish Intemann and Jeff Conley circled the building and removed litter.

At a Mill Valley City Council meeting on Nov. 18, McCann said Depot Bookstore and Café owner Paul Lazzareschi and his team will embark on a renovation of the City-owned building at 87 Throckmorton Avenue after the Council considers revisions to the previously approved Construction Reimbursement Agreement and the Lease Extension Agreement (originally approved in April of 2018) at its Dec 2 meeting.

​”The Council is agreeable to providing a greater share of the construction costs to renovate and improve the centerpiece of the Depot Plaza, thereby enabling the Depot Bookstore and Café partnership to finalize their project financing and execute a construction contract,” McCann said.“I am happy to see this progress,” Mayor Jim Wickham said. “The City has a strong interest in enhancing the Depot and to enliven the Downtown and the Plaza.”

Construction of the Depot renovations, including public restrooms, is projected to be concluded in 4-5 months.

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