Train Station to be Revised, While Still Preserving History

By: Garrett Wymer Email
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Original plans to renovate Staunton's train station derailed over concerns about losing the station's history, but a revised set of plans is back on track.

For Jill Piers and her family it's an important stop on their visit to Staunton.

WHSV first reported about Amtrak's plans to upgrade the station and make it more handicap accessible in August; however, in that original plan, much of the station's historic traits would have been lost.

That plan would have raised a platform at the station by about eight inches. That would've gotten rid of a lot of concrete that has been there for more than 100 years. That was just one of the concerns the Historic Staunton Foundation had with plans that would have erased part of the history at the station.

"We went through, point-by-point, on the plan the adverse effects to the historic site, and we came up with solutions," said Frank Strassler, the executive director of the foundation

Although the plan to raise the concourse has been scrapped, the parking lot and station will still be made more handicap accessible and the station will receive upgraded bathrooms.

"Historic structures are adaptable to the 21st century, to all of our modern needs. We just need to take into account their characteristics we hold dear and that really make it a special place," said Strassler.

"I think it's just important and critical to keep that history alive and vibrant," said Piers

It's that history Piers, Strassler and the city are all on board to save.

Strassler also said it's important to preserve the city's history not just because it's good to remember, but because of what it means for the city's economy.


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