Historic Train Station Renovation
By Rich Drobil.
The historic West Jersey Train Station is located at the corner of Oakwood and Whitney Avenues and began serving commuter rail passengers in 1865. The train station has subsequently been abandoned since its closing in 1971, but it is one of the few still-standing historic buildings here in Glassboro.
This station once supported services in excess of over 100 trains per day as commuters and freight traveled across Southern NJ. It contributed to the choice of Glassboro as the site for what is now Rowan University, and most recently it was announced that the same tracks will be used to bring Light Rail to this area of the state.
Glassboro Councilman George Cossabone states: “For years the Borough has sought to secure funding sources for the train station site. We have acquired state and federal money to help purchase it and create architectural and engineering renovation plans and we are now trying to obtain the balance of funding at the state level to replace the roof and put up a security fence. The Commission is trying to help raise awareness that we have this unique and special building that we need to preserve and raise funds to help to do just that".
Historic Train Station Renovation Design Phase
The Glassboro Historic Commission, Glassboro Economic Development office, and the Greater Glassboro Group have joined forces to raise money to ensure that the site is renovated and the landmark preserved. The three entities hope to raise enough funds to renovate the building, using a set of plans recently approved by the NJ State Historic Preservation Office. When completed, the station will be used as a Welcome Center, Town Museum, and public meeting space.
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