Group completes restoration of the old Virginia Railway Station

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) After 15 years, the restoration of the old Virginia Railway Station is finally complete.

The station was built in the early 1900s. It was damaged during a fire in 2001. Since then more than $2 million has gone into restoring the building.

One of the buildings will be turned into a railway exhibit, and the other will be leased out to a commercial tenant.

People there say it's an important part of the city's history.

"Rather than having it bulldozed and having to clean up the asbestos and lead and pollution, it would have just been bulldozed," said Jim Cosby with the Restoration Committee. "We think it's a beautiful restoration and most of the people who have seen it have said the same thing."

There's no word on when the grand opening will be held.