SHELBURN, Ind. (WTHI) - A long-abandoned railroad depot in Shelburn, Ind. could soon be chugging along to new life.
The century-old depot, which served the defunct interurban railroad, has fallen into disrepair, with rotting floors, a collapsing roof and falling bricks. Eventually, the dilapidated depot was given to the town of Shelburn.
After environmental and architectural studies funded by grants, local officials have decided to try restoring the building and turning it into a community meeting center and museum.
Now, they are waiting for state grants to fund the roughly $450,000 renovation, said town council president Jim Ward.
"I believe it's a real good project," Ward said. "Some people might say it's a waste of money, but I look at this building and I see a brand-new structure … where parts of it are old and parts of it are going to be modern."
Ward said the finished building would include meeting space for community groups.
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