City of Stone Mountain hosts Ribbon Cutting for Train Depot renovations
Stone Mountain, GA – On Thursday, April 23 the City of Stone Mountain will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of exterior renovations on the historic Train Depot. The ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. at 922 Main Street in Stone Mountain Village. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be followed at 7:00 p.m. with a talk led by architect David Steele from the firm of Lord Aeck and Sargent for the Stone Mountain Historical Society. The talk will be held at the Sue B. Kellogg Library and will be followed by a tour of the exterior of the buildings. Both events are open to the public.
“It has been exciting to watch the transformation of the outside of the building. A year ago there were holes in the mortar and the roof was leaking,” says Mayor Pat Wheeler.
The city received a Transportation Enhancement Grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation. The total cost of the project was $352,150.
“Without the help of GDOT this project could not have happened. They have been a great partner to work with on the Depot. We know now that the building will be standing and dry for many years to come,” continues Wheeler.
The south side of the depot was built in 1857 shortly after the Georgia Railroad Company completed the line from Madison to Atlanta. The north side was built in 1914 as a passenger office and waiting room. Beginning in the 1960s the building served as City Hall and the City Jail. It remained in use until 2012 when the new Municipal Building was completed.
Currently, City Council has designated the City of Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority as lead on the further redevelopment of the building into a Visitors Center and event space. The DDA is looking at plans for the building and will begin work this summer to secure grants and private donations for the extensive interior renovations.
The City of Stone Mountain is located at the base of Stone Mountain, the largest exposed granite dome in North America. The city was founded in 1839 and currently has over 6000 residents. The city is known for its historic and walkable village center and its growing art scene.