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DENVER – For the first time in 18 months, Union Station has re-opened to the public. The building first established in 1881 receive a much needed makeover.

"It's glorious," Arvada resident George Sakett said. "It's gonna put Denver in the 21st century for one of the better transportation hubs."

Sakett likes the mixture of old and new incorporated into the renovations. Union Station now houses a mix of businesses including a new 112-room hotel.

"I think it would be a great place to just come and sit and eat your ice cream or have a drink or whatever and just rest," Aurora resident Jane Richards said. "It's a nice gathering area."

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But, what may be nice on the inside, may be having an impact on the outside.

"It brings people in and it's a nice place to visit," Aurora resident Randy Richards said.

It's a big change for an area around Union Station that many considered to be on the wrong side of the tracks.

"Ten or 15 years ago, this whole area of town, I don't know if I'd want to be there at night," Jane Richards said.

Alisa Roth is a manager with ink! Coffee, a business who just opened a store directly across the street from Union Station because of the renovations.

"Really excited about the new Union Station project, really looking forward to being a part of the community, helping Denver grow," Roth said.

Union Station is also a bus hub, bringing people in from all parts of the metro area. This area is now full of construction instead of destruction.

"There's so much going on in here. It's really just booming, this entire area," Roth said. "Now, it's much safer, cleaner, bustling."

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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