July 29, 2019

Union Station Cheat Sheet

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The City of Winston-Salem describes the soon-to-open Union Station as a “inter-modal transportation facility” that will serve “as a regional and local bus terminal and later expanding to include regional and long-distance passenger rail service.” When the City took Union Station from Harvey Davis, via eminent domain they were mandated to use Union Station for public transportation. Thus, Union Station will be a bus station for the foreseeable future and perhaps one day a train station. But not any time soon. Though Council Members have assured us that Union Station won’t replace Clark Campbell, that’s cleary what some downtown leaders desire.

Construction Winston-Salem’s Union Station was constructed between 1924 and 1926 and was designed by the New York architectural firm of Fellheimer and Wagner. Constructed in a Beaux-Arts style.
Cost And Details The Winston-Salem Terminal Company was formed by the three railroad companies serving Winston-Salem in the early 1920’s: the Southern Railroad, the Norfolk and Western Railroad, and the Winston-Salem Southbound Railroad. The general contractor was the Northwestern Construction Company, and the construction cost was $800,000.
Segregated Facility Like other stations of its time, Union Station was constructed with separate public facilities for white and African American people. The white waiting room was located on the west side of the upper level and was accessed from the central lobby off of the circular entrance drive. The African American waiting room was located on the east side and was accessed from Wheeler Street, now S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Common facilities such as the ticket office, lunch counter, and newsstand were located between the two waiting rooms.
It Had A Good Run Union Station served passengers from 1926 to 1970.
Abandoned Station From 1970 through 1975 the station was unoccupied.
The Fancy Garage Years, 1975-2012 Harvey Davis installed garage doors, used Union Station as a location for his automobile repair business.

(Source for lines 1-6, Winston-Salem Union Station Rehabilitation Forsyth County, North Carolina Environmental Assessment North Carolina Department of Transportation, Rail Division City of Winston-Salem, June 2008.) 

More About The Decline And End Of Rail Service In Winston. Rail service needs, particularly for passenger stations, diminished following World War II in Winston-Salem, as elsewhere in the nation. By 1963, only the Southern Railway continued to provide passenger service with four scheduled trains daily. Passenger service ended at Union Station on June 15, 1970, when the last train stopped in Winston-Salem on its route from Greensboro to Asheville.  http://www.cityofws.org/Portals/0/pdf/Planning/HRC/Local_Landmarks/LHL_Sheets/105_UnionStation.pdf
City Takes Title The city took the title on April 28, 2011. It took many more months for Davis to relocate.

Newspaper May 21, 2011 | Winston-Salem Journal (NC)

How Much Did The City Pay Davis? $1.35 million for the property and more for relocation.

November 6, 2012 | Winston-Salem Journal (NC)

Author: BERTRAND M. GUTIERREZ JOURNAL REPORTER

How Much Did Davis Pay For Union Station? According to Bernard Gutierrez, about $55,000

November 28, 2012 | Winston-Salem Journal (NC)

Author: BERTRAND M.GUTIERREZ

What Did Davis Want To Do With Union Station?  He proposes to sell $12 million in historic-preservation tax credits to wealthy investors. He gets capital; the investors get credits they can use to offset big tax bills later on.

Cannon (and Davis) think they can redevelop the station, give the city the top floor to operate a train station and still have space to rent to retailers. Condos and the like on adjacent land would be gravy.

A sticking point is a shortfall in funding of about $1.5 million to overhaul the building. The city’s not going to step in for a lot of reasons — a large one being another “public-private” partnership that listed heavy to the public end. (Hint: It’s near Business 40, made of brick and has a diamond inside.)

So what Cannon proposes is this: Let us try. If we don’t pull it off within a year of Davis vacating the building, we’ll walk. The city gets the property without resorting to condemnation.

February 8, 2011 | Winston-Salem Journal (NC)Author: Scott Sexton

2014 City Bonds The bonds included $18 million to pay for the repairs to Union Station.  https://triad-city-beat.com/union-station-renovations-move-forward-without-passenger-rail/
Enter Atkins CDC The city will pay Atkins CDC $120,000 a year to manage part of Union Station. The CDC will pay the city a lease of $120,000 per year plus 85 percent of the revenue it makes from sublet leases of the space in the building. The agreement is for ten years and rates could be renegotiated after five years. December 24, 2015. Todd Luck
Groundbreaking March 2016 http://www.cityofws.org/News/ID/15534/Groundbreaking-Scheduled-for-Union-Station-Restoration
Projected Completion? December 2018  http://www.cityofws.org/2014bonds
Hold The Pizza In May, Elizabeth Pizza pulled out of its agreement with the City and Atkins CDC. https://winstonwatchman.com/a-slice-of-incompetence-from-atkins-cdc/

 

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