Union Station Café, housed in the newly renovated Union Project
in Highland Park, is set to open for business in early May. Located at 801 N. Negley Avenue, the café will be open for business 7 days a week from 7 am to 10 pm. It will continue the tradition of the Union Project, which provides gathering and working space for artists and community builders and aims to be the newest hot spot in the neighborhood – a place to sit and chat with neighbors, read, surf the internet (free!) or simply eat. Breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and dessert will be served by a team of neighborhood residents. Job training and internship opportunities will also be provided for students of Peabody High School.
Founded four years ago by young Pittsburghers, the grassroots Union Project has raised some $3 million to renovate the formerly abandoned Union Baptist Church and start new community and economic development programs, engaged over 1,900 volunteers in innovative hands-on restoration work, and opened renovated space to the community. A boardroom and two large halls are available to rent for short or long term use.
Union Project’s next steps include completing a $1.8 million Phase II capital campaign to complete renovations to the historic building which will include the restoration and reuse of the former sanctuary into a great hall civic gathering space.
Source: Antwan Davis, the Union Project
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