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Former Chicago firehouse for sale

Excerpts from

 The 102-year-old firehouse at 1723 W. Greenleaf Ave. is back up for grabs after the city opened the property to bids for the third time since it closed in 2009.

On Monday, the city’s Department of Planning and Development issued a request for proposals for the two-story  firehouse and the target selling price is $315,000.

The station, formerly the home of Engine Co. No. 102, has been on the market twice since it closed in 2009 following the construction of a newer firehouse.

Between 2013 and 2014, several interested parties vied for the space and Ald. Joe Moore (49th) eventually whittled down the proposals to three — a Hindu temple, a home-office space and headquarters for two economic support and social organizations — though none of the prospects came to fruition.

Shortly after it closed, the Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society also made a move for the property, though that plan also eventually fell through.

The 6,323-square-foot building was finished in 1915 and sits atop a 8,934-square-foot lot, and is currently zoned for residential developments, though the planning department is willing to consider requests that require zoning changes.

It’s potential use is flexible, according to the city, but “respondents must respect the existing land uses and architecture of the surrounding area when submitting proposals,” and proposals should “preserve the historically significant exterior elements and basic structure of the building.”

Among its features is a vintage air raid siren installed in 1942 and operated by a Chrysler motor known as the “1 Chrysler Victory Bell.”

thanks Dennis

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A look at several old and new CFD firehouses

Steve Redick took advantage of some mild weather two weeks ago to visit some old and new firehouses in Chicago. He describes his journey:

… after leaving downtown I visited Eng 109’s old house. Not a bad shot considering the time of day.

Chicago Fire Department Engine 109's fire house

Engine 109's recently vacated house at 2538 S. Whipple. Steve Redick photo

I then ventured to the new house at 2343 S Kedzie where the companies exit the north doors. This place seems to have a hose tower mid structure and like the others is very sprawling.  All things considered I sure like the old house better but this is a much improved location for egress.
Chicago Fire Department new fire house Engine 109

Engine 109's new house at 2343 S. Kedzie Avenue was opened October 19, 2011. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department new fire house Engine 109

This shot encompasses the entire structure. Steve Redick photo

Chicago Fire Department new fire house Engine 109

The front of Engine 109's new house on Kedzie. Steve Redick photo

More information about the construction of and opening of this house and similar houses can be found HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

My last stop was old Engine 38…they really did a number on this place..Nice to see it taken care of but sad.
Chicago Fire Department former fire house of Engine 38

Engine 38's former house at 2111 S. Hamlin is now a community arts center. Steve Redick photo

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