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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Elk Grove Village officials are expected to close on a $407,000 real estate contract later this month to sell the former Fire Station No. 9 on Greenleaf Avenue to a warehousing, light assembly, and shipping company,  CH Global Holdings LLC of Bensenville, doing business as TI Express. The company is consolidating its operations in Mount Prospect and Bensenville, moving them to the site of the former Elk Grove Village fire station at 1655 Greenleaf Ave.

Village officials recently cut the ribbon on two new fire stations, one of which combines the operations of fire stations No. 9 and No. 8 into one location at 700 Fargo.

In May, village trustees adopted a Cook County 6B property tax incentive recommendation to TI Express. Documents say the company will bring its 12 employees to the new location, and another 20 to 25 employees are expected to be hired within the next three years. The project should also generate 10 to 20 construction jobs.

A Cook County 6B property tax incentive lowers property tax rates for 12 years. In the first 10 years, rates are dropped from 25 percent to 10 percent, in year 11 that rises to 15 percent, then 20 percent in year 12 before returning to 25 percent in year 13. Typically, a 6B requires the building be vacant for at least 24 months before being granted a 6B, however, there is an exception for substantial renovation, which TI Express said it would make in the building. 

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New use for old Chicago firehouse (more)

Updates on the redevelopment of a former CFD fire house in Jefferson Park for the Lake Effect Brewing Company

Lake Effect Brewing Company redeveloping former CFD fire house in Jefferson Park

Lake Effect Brewing Company redeveloping former CFD fire house in Jefferson Park

Lake Effect Brewing Company redeveloping former CFD fire house in Jefferson Park

historic photo of a Chicago FD firehouse in Jefferson Park

vacant Jefferson Park CFD fire house

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New use for old Chicago firehouse

Excerpts from chicago.curbed.com:

A former fire house in Beverly for Engine 121 was redesigned into a sharp, stylish factory and headquarters for bespoke hatmaker, Optimo.

After 25 years, Optimo needed to expand and recruited architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to create a new space in a 100-year-old decommissioned firehouse at 1700 W. 95th Street. The 7,700-square-foot, two-story building houses a design team, operations, and production.

The new headquarters is highly customized for the small team, which can spend up to six weeks crafting one hat. Throughout the workspace you’ll see elegant 12-foot open steel shelves displaying handmade hats which range from $395 to $1,000. The machinery for trimming, shaping, and steaming is beautiful too and finished in matte black. Elements of glazed brick, blackened steel, walnut, and cork create an earthy but luxurious feel.

On the second floor, the new design embraces the building’s history as a fire station by inserting porthole windows in the floor where firepoles had existed. A 10-foot circular light fixture centers the room which is decorated with collections of custom tools and historic hats.

Off to the side, there is a lounge area with leather sofas, brass light fixtures, and more hats on display. The second floor can also double as an event space with a full kitchen and staging area where the original firehouse showers once stood.

thanks Dennis and Austin

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

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New use for old Chicago firehouse

Excerpts from nadignewspapers.com:

A redevelopment proposal for an approximately 112-year-old former firehouse in Jefferson Park calls for two floors to be added to the two-story building, with a brewery on the ground floor and nine apartments above.

“I am pleased to announce an exciting development proposal for one of the oldest remaining firehouse buildings in the city. The development would mean an expansion of local craft beer brewer Lake Effect Brewing Co. and would restore historic details to the former Jefferson Park firehouse, which sits on the southeast corner of Ainslie and Lipps. Lake Effect would be the ground-floor tenant, brewing beer on-site and offering a tasting room. The developer, Ambrosia Homes, plans to invest $2.4 million in the city-owned property, which was built in 1906,” Alderman John Arena said in his weekly newsletter.

The 45th Ward sanitation services had been located in the former fire station until a few years ago. Several developers have looked at purchasing the building from the city, but the high cost of bringing it up to building code standards reportedly turned away some potential buyers.

“The nine apartments would be two-bedroom, attracting professionals who seek easy access to the nearby Jefferson Park Transit Center. The design would retain the current building while adding two floors and re-installing some architectural elements that were previously removed.” Arena said.

Arena will hold a community meeting on the proposal at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in King’s Hall in the third floor of the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave.

Chicago fire station built in 1906

thanks Dan

 

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