Our first revitalization project is restoring a historic train station and turning it into a Community Center


411 Broadway St




Sam Jampetro
Shawn Reed
Chris Rolinson
Stacey Christe
Ken Faux  

Through the place, we renew the spirit of the people. Historic preservation can be the underlying basis of community renewal, human renewal, and economic renewal. Preservation is not some isolated cultural benefit.
— Arthur P. Ziegler, Jr., President and Co-founder of Pittsburgh History & Landmark Foundation

The Coraopolis Train Station Project

The long-neglected P&LE passenger station at Mill Street and Neville Way was built by the firm of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge, successors of Henry Hobson Richardson, and completed in the spring or summer of 1896. The station, a valuable example of Richardson Romanesque architecture, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (79002156) in 1978, but sadly has been exposed to the elements for years due to a deteriorating roof. The CCDF purchased the station to restore the building for use by the community for events. It will feature a cafe catering to travelers on the Ohio River Greenway Trail, which will run alongside the completed station. Sales from the cafe will allow the station to be self-sustaining, once complete.

the restored building serves a three-fold goal


It honors the past, preserving a significant example of architectural design, and a symbol of another vibrant time in our town's past.


It serves the present, as a gathering place and a point of pride and identity, offering community-making opportunities as a place for residents to gather.

It looks to the future, standing as an affirmation of what is possible with vision and cooperation, it will serve as a catalyst for hope.


It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.
— William J. Murtagh

Please click the station photo below to follow the link to the station project's website to learn more about this important community initiative.