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Former Chicago firehouse for sale

Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale. Chicago Tribune photo

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2414 W. Cuyler Ave. in Chicago: $1,049,000

Listed on Nov. 3, 2017

One-of-a-kind gut-renovated 3,600-square-feet of a 1899 Chicago Firehouse in North Center by Lincoln Square and in the popular Coonley School District. This historical landmark is the only frame firehouse remaining in the city. Soaring 12-foot ceilings, wood beams, open first floor-floor plan, radiant-heated concrete floors on first floor and wood floors on second. Second floor has master suite with bay window, two bedrooms, an office/exercise room and a den. Oversized, attached two-car garage.

Agent: Sharon Gillman and Marissa Schaefer of Baird & Warner, 312-640-7010

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

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interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo

interior of Rehabbed former Chicago fire house for sale

Chicago Tribune photo


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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news (more)

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Renderings and preliminary floor plans for two new village fire stations, part of the village’s Elk Grove 2025 $110 million infrastructure plan, were on display at the Elk Grove Fire Department Open House Oct. 15.

Artists rendering of a rebuilt Fire Station No. 10 at 676 Meacham Rd.

A new station on property recently purchased at 700 Fargo Ave. would combine two fire stations — the larger station at 1000 Oakton St. and a smaller one-engine station at 1655 Greenleaf Ave. — into one location in the Elk Grove Business Park. Fire Chief Richard Mikel said that new station would be given the designation of Station No. 8 or 9.

The other station at 676 Meacham Rd. would be completely rebuilt on the site of the existing Fire Station No. 10 and would keep that name.

With the final design being completed with technical drawings, bids on the two projects are expected to go out in November or December for the anticipated March groundbreaking. The new stations are expected to be completed in 2019.

Rendering for a new combined Elk Grove Fire Station, either designated 8 or 9 to be built at 700 Fargo Ave.

Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson was hesitant to provide an estimate for a range in price for the two new fire stations until after bids come back from construction firms, citing volatility in the construction market.

Preliminary plans for both stations show four truck bays, training rooms and a new approach to decontamination for firefighters returning to the station after a fire, reducing the amount of contaminants, including some carcinogens tracked into both the fire stations and returning trucks. Mikel said the idea is to keep used turnout gear on one side of truck bays across from where firefighters live and work until it is cleaned. Mikel said that “dirty” side of the house also includes showers.

Station 10 would have eight bunks, a larger training room and training tower, Mikel said. Station No. 8 or 9 would have 11 bunks and a smaller training room.

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New fire station in Aurora (more)

From the Aurora FD Facebook page:

Station 7 is coming along. Mayor Irvin and Alderman Juany Garza and Wegman Construction Company hold a picture of what the new station will look like upon completion.

fire station being built

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fire station being built

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fire station being built

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Chicago sells old firehouse (more)

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This fall, Chicago Filmmakers will make its grand debut at the redeveloped building at 5720 N. Ridge Ave., a historical landmark built in 1928 that was sold to the group for $36,000 in 2014

The Edgewater Historical Society held tours throughout the building earlier this month to give curious neighbors a glimpse into the building recognizable to the many commuters who pass it daily.  Though built in the late 1920s, the building was actually designed to depict an even older firehouse, according to the historical society. 

Outside, work has been done to restore the extensive cream terra cotta, which includes details relating to the building’s firehouse days, as well as its deep red bricks, which once housed Truck Company No. 47 and later Engine Company 59. 

Because of its landmark status, most of its brick and terra cotta exterior was required to be maintained. But inside, the firehouse has nearly completed its transformation into the organization’s new headquarters.

Fresh coats of paint, original glazed brick, a sunlit conference room and classrooms, projection room, box office in the firehouse’s former kitchen and a theater have taken the place of rescue equipment. 

The building will accommodate screenings, events, classes and more.

An adjacent lot where a single-story home once stood will be redeveloped into a garden and green area.

Get a before and after look at the project below.

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Click the link above to see the photos of the before and after

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Rockford Fire Department news

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A $1.6 million flip-flop has restored a Rockford firehouse turned vehicle repair shop back to Fire Station No. 7, and could improve response times to fire and medical emergencies.

The Rockford Fire Department facility, located at 2323 Sawyer Road on the city’s southeast side, operated as a fire station from 1978 until 1991, when the department converted it into a fire vehicle repair shop. Firefighting operations shifted to 4979 Falcon Road under an agreement with the Chicago-Rockford International Airport.

It is hoped that restoring the Sawyer Road facility as a fire station and moving the repair shop to Falcon Road will help the department reduce how long it takes firefighters to get to emergency calls. Fire Chief Derek Bergsten said that for years the Falcon Road station exceeded the departmental response time goal of having 90 percent of all response times take less than 8 minutes, 12 seconds from a resident dialing 911 to the arrival of firefighters.

Station No. 7 houses Engine Company 7, Medic 7, and a hazardous materials response team. Last year, Engine 7 responded to 1,760 calls for service and Medic 7 responded to 1,105 calls for service.

The restored station will have a workout facility for firefighters, separate washrooms and showers for men and women and a computer-training area.

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Newport Township FPD Station 2

A photo to update the site of Newport FPD Station #2 at 43120 N. Highway 41, Zion, IL

Newport FPD Station #2 at 43120 N. Highway 41 Zion IL

Newport FPD Station #2 at 43120 N. Highway 41, Zion, IL Larry Shapiro photo

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Rolling Meadows discusses rebuilding fire stations (more)

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For now, Rolling Meadows will proceed with plans to relocate and build two new fire stations, though the controversial proposal still isn’t a done deal.

Aldermen voted 4-2 Tuesday night in an informal straw vote to support current plans to replace Fire Station 15 at 3111 Meadow Drive with a new station to the south, and Fire Station 16 at 2455 S. Plum Grove Road with a new station to the east.

Tuesday marked the first time the newly seated council weighed in on the issue since the April local elections. Returning council members Mike Cannon, Robert Banger Jr., John D’Astice and Tim Veenbaas voted to support the current plans, while new Aldermen Jerry Hill and Joe Gallo voted against. Alderman Laura Majikes was absent, but she has opposed fire station relocation plans in the past.

Mayor Len Prejna, the former Ward 2 alderman, ran on a platform that included replacing only Station 15 and holds veto power over any future council decisions to purchase properties or pay for construction. He wouldn’t say after the meeting whether he intends to veto any future decisions, but he wasn’t optimistic things would go his way because he believes the council may eventually reach a five-vote, veto-proof majority.

For the past decade, the city’s elected officials have debated what to do about the aging downtown Fire Station 15 and how to improve response times citywide. The council decided to build a third station on Algonquin Road in 2014 but reversed course the next year, deciding to remain with two stations but in new locations.

Fire Chief Scott Franzgrote has endorsed the plan to relocate both stations. He cited data Tuesday that showed the area with the greatest fire risk is on the south side, with its preponderance of multistory apartment buildings that don’t have fire sprinklers. And the highest call volume is from the east side.

Critics, meanwhile, have said the $9 million cost to build two new stations is too much.

Aldermen have been meeting in closed session since January to consider about a dozen sites for the two new stations. Those discussions were expected to lead to making purchase offers to private property owners, but Cannon said Tuesday no land has been purchased yet.

Gallo added that estimated land costs have increased.

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Chicago Fire Department

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highrise propsed to replace fire station

Rendering of high-rise with fire station. City of Chicago

The City of Chicago took the wraps off of a proposal to replace River North’s Engine Co. 42 fire house at the southwest corner of Illinois and Dearborn with a new state-of-the-art facility topped by a new mixed-use high-rise. Much like the city’s plan to combine public libraries with affordable housing in new developments slated for Chicago’s West Ridge, Little Italy, and Irving Park neighborhoods, the River North plan would be a partnership that brings together both civic and private interests.

As proposed, the existing fire house at 55 W. Illinois Street would be replaced with a $20.2 million station financed by local developer Friedman Properties. When completed, the old structure would be demolished and replaced by up to 614,000 square feet of office and mixed-use space in a new tower designed by Chicago architecture firm DLR Group.

While a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Friedman and the City of Chicago shows a grainy image of the glassy skyscraper, it’s been communicated that the building’s final design is still being refined. The city is also entertaining alternative bids from other potential development partners for a 30-day period from the time the terms of the Friedman deal are posted online.

As it stands now, Friedman would pay the city $5 million to acquire the current firehouse site and an adjacent alley to build the tower. The parcel is currently zoned DX-7 Downtown Mixed-Use and could see the developer pay as much as $10 million into Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus system for additional zoning rights. Under that system, the funds would then be redistributed to projects in areas of the city that currently see little investment.

So far no approvals for the project have been granted and it will need to go through the traditional channels such as community outreach meetings and a trip before the Chicago Plan Commission and City Council. According to an official release, the city expects to receive roughly $4.4 million in new annual real estate taxes from the development.

proposed high-rise to replace Chicago fire station

A conceptual (and poorly scanned) rendering from the MOU drafted by the city and Friedman. City of Chicago/DLR Group

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Developer Albert Friedman would build a new River North firehouse for the Chicago Fire Department topped by a big office and mixed-use tower under a deal he just reached with city officials.

Friedman plans the 614,000-square-foot project immediately west of the existing Engine Co. 42 station at 55 W. Illinois St., which would be replaced, according to a statement from the city.

The deal represents an unusual private-public partnership that gives the city what it wants—a new state-of-the-art firehouse, paid for by Friedman—and the Chicago developer what he wants, a big business opportunity. One of the largest landlords in River North, Friedman led a joint venture that built a three-hotel, 657-room project just north of the fire station a few years ago.

Designed by Chicago-based architecture firm DLR Group, the new tower would add to the growing forest of high-rises in River North, where apartment developers have been especially busy amid a hot market for rental housing. But demand for office space in River North is strong too, and Friedman doesn’t face as much competition for office tenants there as he would for apartment dwellers.

Friedman, chairman and CEO of Friedman Properties, was out of town and unavailable for comment, according to a spokesman.

“As current owners of the remaining parcels on this block and a significant share of the surrounding property, we have a vested interest in developing the property in a manner that benefits the CFD, the neighboring properties and the City as a whole,” Friedman Properties said in a statement. “We look forward to working with all involved parties to advance this project.”

Friedman and the city have signed a memorandum of understanding covering the project, and the city will consider competing proposals for the site from other developers for a 30-day period. Under his deal with the city, Friedman would build and pay for the new $20.2 million fire house and pay the city $5 million for the existing firehouse, which opened in 1968 and would be torn down, according to the city’s statement.

Friedman has agreed to contribute $10 million to the city’s Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus program, a fund that developers pay into to receive zoning changes from the city, which uses the money to pay for neighborhood development, the statement said. The city has agreed to negotiate a redevelopment agreement with Friedman for the project, according to the memorandum.

“This project has the potential to be a unique partnership that could enhance a prime development location while providing a new home for Chicago’s bravest,” downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, said in the city’s statement.

In addition to the three-hotel project at Illinois and Clark streets, Friedman’s River North holdings include the SpringHill Suites/Residence Inn at 410 N. Dearborn, the Medinah Temple, at 600 N. Wabash Ave., and the Reid Murdoch Center, a vintage office building at 325 N. LaSalle St.

Friedman also plans a 500-room hotel just north of the Reid Murdoch property and is a partner in an eight-story hotel under construction at 530 N. LaSalle St. that is believed to be a Moxy Hotel by Marriott.

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Aurora Fire Department news

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Champaign Fire Department news

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The Champaign Fire Department is studying whether Station 3 should be moved. It has been on west Bradley avenue for half a century. The chief says that might not be the best place for it anymore.

He says the apparatus bay was designed for trucks as they were 50 years ago. The department had to build an addition on to the back. The crew there is one of the busiest– if not the busiest– engine company in the city.

“When you build a new fire station, you have to think about the future,” says Fire Chief Gary Ludwig.

He says station three is stuck in the past. The crew says it’s easier to work with the truck outside, because when it’s in, they have no room to work out.

“We don’t know what the future holds,” says Ludwig, “We may have to put a ladder in that location. We may have to house an ambulance in that location.”

The department is hiring a consultant to determine where the station should go now. They’ll do that by analyzing five years’ worth of service calls.

Chief Ludwig says right now, they’re looking at four places station three could go.

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