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Want to own a fire station? This one’s for sale (and the money will go toward housing)

Fire stations seem to be a an adaptive reuse dream. They can make good real estate offices-slash-Airbnbs. Or breweries. Or homes for big-time news anchors.

An old fire station in Boise went on the market recently, listed for sale by the City of Boise. As BoiseDev’s Margaret Carmel reported earlier this year for the Idaho Press, the city plans to use the cash from the sale for its “Grow Our Housing” program. That city worked in recent years to build up a stock of affordable housing.

The fire station at 4422 W. Overland Rd. sits on a half-acre property across from the Hillcrest Country Club. It opened in 1960 for the Whitney-Franklin Fire District. The City of Boise later took control of the station, and it served as fire station number eight until 2017. Over the years, the building went through a number of changes – including a complete kitchen remodel in 2008 after a fire broke out at the fire house on Christmas Day 2007, gutting the previous kitchen.

The building includes a large bay with rollup doors, a hose tower, that kitchen, dorm rooms, bedrooms and a rec room.

The city built a new fire station a few blocks away using property tax funds. (The city had hoped to build the station under a bond under former Mayor Dave Bieter, but it overspent and property taxpayers foot the bill for it and another station instead). The old building sat empty and boarded up since 2017.

A listing from commercial real estate firm TOK Commercial calls for bids by Thursday at 4pm. The listing flyer says the minimum bid amount is $500,000.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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