Salisbury–Mayor Jake Day is pleased to announce that the City of Salisbury and partners Evolution Craft Brewing Company have been designated to receive a total of 500 thousand dollars in grant money for the renovation and rehabilitation of Union Railway Station, located at 611 Railway Avenue in Salisbury.
The grant was awarded through the State’s Strategic Demolition Fund, a program designed to catalyze projects and activities that accelerate job production and economic development. Union Station was one of 22 projects in the state awarded from this fund.
Constructed in 1913, the station requires significant improvements to the main slate roof, gutter system, windows, doors, structural framing, and more to position the space for reuse. Development of the project will be spearheaded by project partners and Evolution Craft Brewing Company owners John and Tom Knorr, who have a long history of transforming vacant local properties into thriving commercial businesses, including the Red Roost, SoBos, Evolution Craft Brewery, and others.
“We are thrilled to work in conjunction with the City of Salisbury again on an important local project,” said developer John Knorr. “The commitment of state investment to renovate this unique historic structure provides a real opportunity for a significant impact in the neighborhood.”
Located in Salisbury’s Church Street Historic District, Union Station will become a vital hub directly along the Salisbury Rail Trail and will serve as an exciting place to rest or convene for locals or visitors alike.
“Not only is this grant going to transform Union Station, but it’s going to transform the Church Street neighborhood, our Rail Trail, and our City’s commercial landscape,” said Mayor Jake Day. “This building has sat empty, crumbling, and unsightly for decades, and we’re here to breathe new life into it. Through this support from our Governor and our partnership with the Knorr family and Evolution Craft Brewing Company, we have the unique opportunity to transform one of our City’s historic greyfields and make it into something that unites our residents.”
Renovations of Union Station are expected to begin in early 2023.