COOLIDGE — A former bus depot and diner is being renovated to become a Pinal County supervisor’s new office.
The Hayduke Building at Main and Harding streets was most recently a private home and a warehouse before the county bought it last month.
The building dates back to about 1928 and was a bus station for Greyhound and later Trailways. Hayduke's also was a small restaurant to sell sandwiches to travelers.
The county is only the third owner of the building, Supervisor Kevin Cavanaugh, R-Coolidge, said in an interview with PinalCentral. “We’re proud to be a part of downtown Coolidge coming back to life,” he said.
Cavanaugh said it’s a beautiful solid brick building that he was thinking of buying himself at one time. He said it was appraised at $260,000 and the county bought it for $220,000. He said even with remodeling costs, it will be a fraction of the cost of a new building. “It was a good deal for the county.”
The building was a bus station for perhaps 40 years. The restaurant had cherry-wood booths, which the last owner gave away. Cavanaugh said it would be great to have one back. He said he’s hoping to be in the office by Christmas. His Mammoth office will also remain open Mondays through Thursdays.
The majority of residents in the county’s sprawling District 1 live on the west side of the district, and the new office will make Cavanaugh and his staff more accessible. “This allows us to serve the citizens of District 1 better, and that’s the key.” He also hopes to make room available for another county office, perhaps Workforce Development, that may be short of space.