Old fire station set for redevelopment

Old fire station set for redevelopment

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An old fire station will get new life thanks to a redevelopment group.

The East Baton Rouge Metro Council has agreed to transfer ownership of the boarded up fire station on North Laurel Street in Baton Rouge to the Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance.

"We are excited by the opportunity to bring this building back to life for a public benefit, as initially constructed," said Samuel Sanders, executive director of the Mid-City Redevelopment Alliance.

At Wednesday's meeting, the Metro Council approved the transfer without objection. Sanders said the work now begins to bring life back to the building.

"We expect to execute the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement in the next few days. We have already been working on a number of things, including assessing the plumbing, HVAC, structure and electrical," Sanders added.

He and MCRA hope to transform the old fire station into a building that will house a home ownership center, administrative offices, a board room and a community classroom. They would like to preserve the structure's 1920 era feel and are currently assessing how to do that.

"We have a consultant working on making plan to help us consider a renovation (approximately $300,000) or a full restoration (approximately $1.2 million)," Sanders explained.

MCRA hopes to launch a community cleanup and improvement project later in the fall to help with the planned transformation. Officials said they're optimistic the entire project could be completed in two years.

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