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.
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