A renovated Union Pacific Depot could permanently house the state's art collection and help keep tourists in Utah longer, a legislative committee was told Friday.

The Government and Capital Facilities Committee heard that the depot, which the railroad is willing to donate to the state, could be transformed into a museum that could draw tourists from Temple Square and Symphony Hall to the end of South Temple.Members of the Utah Arts Council asked the committee for $50,000 to study renovation needs. "We want to know what we're getting into. We want to make sure that if we accept the building for the state that it isn't full of termites," said Alice Shearer, state deputy director of community and economic development.

She said the one-time appropriation would come from the excess from the $560,000 in the flood fund. The $8 million renovation would come from donations.