Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

$3 Million Goal Is Targeted for Wilkinsburg Train Station Renewal Facility Has Been Vacant for 40 Years

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

$3 Million Goal Is Targeted for Wilkinsburg Train Station Renewal Facility Has Been Vacant for 40 Years

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The Wilkinsburg Community Development Corporation has set a goal to raise $3 million for the restoration of the Wilkinsburg Train Station. The fundraising effort kicked off officially with a ceremony Oct. 6. Nearly 50 people turned out for the event including Wilkinsburg Council members, business owners and residents.

The 11,300-square-foot train station on Hay Street, built in 1916, has been vacant for nearly 40 years. The WCDC along with Allegheny County and Wilkinsburg are working to turn the station back into a usable space. It is currently owned by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County.

The WCDC, working with its partners, has established the WCDC Holding Company to manage the restoration project and has secured initial funding including a $1 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

"Our vision is that the train station building will house a business or businesses that are open to the community, transit-oriented and stable," said Tracey Evans, executive director of the WCDC. …

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