Restoration of Union Station Train Depot gets contract extension


NEW BERN, Craven County - The restoration of the Union Station Train Depot in New Bern will move forward after the city manager announced North Carolina Railroad had committed to a contract extension.

The train depot has been through a restoration effort since 2009, according to a press release from the City of New Bern. At Tuesday's Board of Aldermen meeting, City Manager Mark Stephens announced the contract extension to the license agreement for restoration of the depot, located at Queen and Pasteur streets.

The contract extension allows New Bern Preservation Foundation and the City of New Bern to move forward with a phase of restoration totaling $205,938. The City of New Bern and the Preservation Foundation now has until July 2021 to raise the funds needed for teh restoration.

The train depot was built in 1910 and remained in use until 1987. In 2009, the N.C. Department of Transportation issued an initial grant of $500,000. The Harold H. Bate Foundation has contributed a $50,000 Challenge Grant.