Mayville Train Depot remodeling begins in July

JONES COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) -The Town of Maysville’s historic train depot is ready for remodeling now that the first step, asbestos removal, has been completed.

Officials in Maysville say that they will be transforming the depot into a workforce development center, with remodeling work starting in July and lasting about eight months.

According to officials, contractors specializing in asbestos removal have removed the asbestos-reinforced cement shingles that were installed in the 1960s from the depot. 

The town has contracted IMEC Group LLC for $622,000 to handle the restoration part of the building, which will serve as the future Lenoir Community College Maysville Workforce Training Center.

The center will offer training in water and sewer maintenance, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and healthcare, serving 110 students annually, and is expected to open its doors for the fall semester in 2025.

According to officials, the project was first proposed in 2007 by William Frost, then-president of the Maysville Development Corporation.

Town Manager Schumata Brown said the town was able to secure funding through the Golden LEAF Foundation.  “This project wouldn’t have happened without the collaboration of many dedicated people,” said Brown. “I am pleased to have helped achieve my uncle’s dream.”

The depot itself was moved to the Maysville Milling location in the mid-60s from its original location in the center of Maysville. In February 2008, it was moved to its current location on property that once was a pulp yard on the northeast corner of town.

The building was donated to the town in 2013.