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Springfield firehouse up for sale with $50K incentive

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

If you're in the market, the city of Springfield may have a special deal for buyers willing to take on a fixer upper.  

A former fire house is for sale, and city planners say it's a great deal for the right buyer. 

The city has tried selling it several times before but did not receive a single taker. Now, planners hope a new incentive will help.
 
The two-story brick fire house that's almost 12,000square feet, built in 1910, and located at the corner of Oak and Berkshire Streets in Indian Orchard comes complete with two fire truck bays.
 
"It's a really neat building. Its a unique building in a unique neighborhood in Indian Orchard not too far from the Indian orchard Artist Mills," said Springfield Economic Development Deputy Director Brian Connors. 
 
Connors told Western Mass News they've had luck selling decommissioned fire stations in the past, like the one on Page Boulevard that has been turned into a combination of apartment and office space.  

After several failed attempts at selling the one in Indian Orchard, the city held an open house Wednesday while offering a new incentive.
 
"We were unsuccessful the first couple of times we put it out, so we put it out this time with a $50,000 incentive through community development block grant funding," Connors explained. 
 
That $50,000 incentive, along with a chance to renovate history, brought prospective buyers from forge property management based in Westfield out to take a look.
 
"We're looking at it. We love adaptive reuse projects so taking an old building like a firehouse and transferring it into a multi-family or office," said Bill Womeldorf with Forge Property Management. 
 
Sitting vacant for 10 years, the old station does come with peeling paint, crumbling ceilings and the upstairs, well, needs some work.

"We're open to proposals whether it be office, residential. We like developers that will work with the neighborhood and get something that the neighborhood wants to see there," Connors continued. 
 
Forge Property Management and at least four other developers we're told, are interested.
 
Another open house is scheduled for next Wednesday, July 18 at 10 a.m.  

The deadline for all bids is August 7 at 2 p.m at the city's office of procurement. 

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