Offers coming in for City of Jacksonville former fire station

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – It’s not every day you can turn a city-owned building into a home. But Jacksonville leaders say there are people interested in a former firehouse now on the market.

The city council approve one buyer’s $120,000 bid for the property.

As of Friday morning, there’s a higher upset bid of $126,000.

Officials hope whoever ends up as the buyer turns the property into a home.

“We’ve had a lot of folks particularly some former firefighters that are excited by the prospect, of this turning into a residential home and they’ve been interested in what the future of it is too,” said Glenn Hargett, assistant city manager.

The city council will decide at next month’s meeting whether to accept the latest offer.

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – There is a new property on the market in Jacksonville and it has a lot of history, but city leaders are hoping to sell it for something other than its original purpose.

The city is selling its former fire station 2, also known as Northwoods Fire Station on Barn Street.

The building was in operation from 1963 and 2014. Six years ago, firefighters moved to a new station on Gum Branch Road, leaving the former firehouse vacant.

It’s in a residential zone, so city council members say it’s ideal to become someone’s house. It’s located near Northwoods Elementary, Park Middle, and Jacksonville High Schools.

There’s been talk about turning the place into a recreation facility, but there is already one around the corner and the cost to transform it into a public building wasn’t ideal.

The 4,000 square-foot building doesn’t include a fire pole, but it has seven bedrooms, front and rear garage entrances, high rise ceilings, and large windows overlooking the 1.1-acre lot.

“This thing has been through 18 or more hurricanes and here it stands today since all that time,” said Glenn Hargett, assistant city manager for the City of Jacksonville.

The asking price is $147,000. City employees say there have been some inquiries, but there has been no official sale.

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