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After Major Renovation, Historic Wilkinsburg Train Station Gears Up For Its Future

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Rebecca Reese
90.5 WESA

Residents of Wilkinsburg gathered Friday morning to celebrate the restoration of the Wilkinsburg Train Station, which has been standing since 1915.

The $6.5 million restoration, overseen by the Wilkinsburg Community Development Center, began in 2016.

Tracey Evans, executive director of the WCDC, said the restoration is a great sign for the community, and that her organization is planning to introduce a restaurant and several artists as tenants in the building.

“For years it sat here vacant, blighted and uncared for," Evans said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. "And having all the commitment from so many folks, so many people bringing this building back to life is a great symbol of the future today.”

She says she hopes the train station will become a destination for tourists.

Rebecca Reese is a production assistant for The Confluence.