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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2013 2:36 pm

Want to purchase a 31-year-old-firehouse? Before you say “yes,” remember it’s the one with black mold, a leaky roof and a vermin infestation calling the place home for the last 10 years.

Despite the mess, a Rio Vista engineering company is in fact interested in purchasing Fire Station 2, located at 705 E. Lodi Ave.

City Attorney Steve Schwabauer said the city got a letter of interest about a month ago from J-C General Engineering. The company focuses on drilling and boring to install pipes and electrical lines.

In December 2012, the city purchased commercially zoned land on Cherokee Lane to build a new fire station, which will cost between $3 to $3.5 million.

The Lodi City Council will get their first chance to discuss the idea of selling the old station during a closed session at Wednesday’s meeting.

“This is just telling the council someone is interested,” said Schwabauer.

The sale is subject to a new fire station being constructed, and could take some time to complete if approved by the council.

The firefighters of Station 2 will be moved into a trailer space in about a month while the new station is built.

Also on the council agenda is a public hearing to dismantle the Downtown Lodi Business Improvement Area, which is among the final steps to formally closing the Downtown Lodi Business Partnership.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Carnegie Forum, 305 W. Pine St. in Lodi.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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1 comment:

  • Jackson Scott posted at 3:52 pm on Fri, Apr 12, 2013.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    I hope the City of Lodi has learned its lesson with NOT doing proper maintenance our buildings.

    There is NO reason why this building is in such bad shape. Either it was faulty construction and the contractor should have been sued by Mr. Schwabauer, or the maintenance was not done, or properly done.

    With the building of a new LPD building, Hutchins Street Square, and now in the near future a new Fire House #2 we must take care of our capital assets.



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