Granby, fire district negotiate deal for old firehouse
September 14, 2008
A real estate deal is being negotiated between the Town of Granby and the Grand Fire Protection District No. 1 to purchase the old fire station on Topaz Street near county and town public works shops in Granby.
Granby has offered the district $700,000 for the building, which it plans to use as an expansion of the town shop. “We’re running out of room for equipment,” said Town Clerk Deb Hess.
The fire district has received the offer from the town, but negotiations are not yet finalized, according to Fire Chief Dave Boyd.
The fire district is holding a special meeting with its board of directors this evening to review the proposal, he said.
Once the fire district sells the old station, it has plans to construct a satellite station on the north end of the district as part of the district’s master plan. The district has a satellite station on Red Dirt Hill, but it also maintains service coverage nearly up to County Road 4 near Lake Granby.
The transaction with the town would create greater district general reserves, Boyd said, to not only construct the north satellite station, but also to accomplish a proposed landscaping project on town property between the new Grand 1 fire station and the Fraser River.
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“On property next door to the station, the fire district does plan to improve that site to make it look more attractive and to continue to allow public access for fishing,” Boyd said. “It’ll be a win-win for the town, fire district and the public.”
An initial sketch plan on how the district proposes to enhance the area was submitted to town board members for review. Tentative landscaping plans include a paved parking area for public use, wood-chip trails, berms, a 12-by-12 gazebo, picnic tables and a riverside deck addition.
Coincidentally, the district acquired the old fire station property in the mid-1980s through an exchange with the town. Before that, the fire station was the current community center and the town acquired it in exchange for land for the fire district.
The district used that fire station building for 20 years until it outgrew it and started building its new building in 2004-2005.
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