|The historic building will become community center|
Staff Photo by Ken Bradley:
The old train depot in Boones Mill is readied Friday for a move from Norfolk Southern property to the town-owned industrial complex about one-quarter mile down the road.
Monday, July 28, 2014
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
It was moving day Friday in Boones Mill, as the historic train depot was moved from Norfolk Southern property next to the railroad track to the town's industrial complex.
Wolfe House and Building Movers from Pennsylvania moved the structure by using long steel beams that sit atop large wheels that are controlled by a remote control apparatus, insuring the structure stays level during movement.
The depot had to cross two sets of railroad tracks before it arrived at its new location in the town's industrial complex.
A crowd lined the side of the road next to the depot to watch the start of the move Friday morning.
Norfolk Southern planned to demolish the historic building if the town didn't move it from railroad property. However, the town received a $242,000 federal grant that, along with donations, allowed the town to save the structure by moving it.
Boones Mill Town Council member Mike Smith said the 107-year-old depot will be converted into a community center.
"We will have live music at the facility on a regular basis," he said. "The walls will have a pictorial history of the depot and other art."
Donations are still being accepted to help with the restoration of the structure. A donation form can be found at www.townofboonesmill.org or on Facebook at the Restoring the Boones Mill Norfolk and Southern Railroad page.
The Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation is also accepting donations on behalf of the Town of Boones Mill. Donations can be mailed to Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundations, Attn: Boones Mill Depot, P.O. Box 1366, Roanoke, Va, 24007.