Thursday, February 11, 2010
Two Roanoke Fire Stations for Sale: You Can Move Your Business In
If you were impressed by the rehabilitation of Fire Station No. 3 in Roanoke by Interactive Design Group (see December issue of Valley Business FRONT) you’ll have the opportunity to do the same kind of renovation for your business. In a fire station. Roanoke has two fire stations for sale and is looking for an alternate use for historic downtown Fire Station No. 1.
Proposals are due March 15, 2010 for purchase of Fire Station No. 9 and Station No. 5. Proposals need to include intended use of property, improvements the purchaser plans to make, and a suggested price. Inquiries should be sent to to Robert Ledger in the Department of Economic Development. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or called at (540) 853-6439.
Fire Station No. 9 opened in September 1929 under supervision of Captain L. W. Hawkins, and cost $10,500 to build. Station No. 9 was built to serve the neighborhoods of Melrose-Rugby, and Villa Heights, which had only recently been annexed into the City of Roanoke.
Fire Station No. 5 opened September 5, 1911 for the Loudon-Melrose neighborhood and N&W West End shops. Fire Station No. 5 is one of two Roanoke stations to house an automobile re-steamer. The design is considered to be significant today because it was designed to be compatible with the surrounding residential architecture.
Fire Station No. 1 is not for sale and likely will not be, but the city is looking for proposals for its use. Several non-profit organizations have expressed interest.