Neighbors plot firehouse rescue

January 15, 2009
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Broad Ripple Fire StationConcern over the future of Broad Ripple Fire Station No. 32 is heating up as the Indianapolis Fire Department weighs whether to close the station and sell the property at 6330 Guilford Ave. The small station, which no longer houses an engine but still retains a medical unit, has been on the chopping block for years. But the merger of the Washington Township Fire Department into IFD has created a new sense of urgency to find cost savings. An IFD spokeswoman says the station could be closed without affecting fire service to the neighborhood, but she said no final decision has been made. The Broad Ripple Village Association, expected to fight a closure, will hear an update from Chief Brian Sanford at a meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Indianapolis Art Center.
  • Eh, I'd close it and sell it.. Money to be made.
  • Sell it then close it.
  • I think it should be used for a Wishard ambulance.
  • Perfect spot for a new bar!
  • This firehouse is 5 blocks from me, and I'm not really fired up one way or the other on the issue. Community meeting promises to be well-attended and vocal, no doubt!

    On one hand, I'd like the idea of having an EMT five blocks away; on the other, the pedestrian environment at that corner could be improved if it wasn't a driveway but an outdoor dining space. Assuming the building is kept, which I strongly hope it will be.
  • Firehouses? Farmhouses? Cory must have had a long lunch with Marsh Davis and filled up his notebook...or there REALLY isn't anything going on in real estate development in Central Indiana!
  • Funny TM! Old firehouses do seem to make great bars.
  • Brew Pub gets my vote. non-smoking and let all ages in.
  • It would be nice to hear about what The Nature Conservancy is building at Ohio and College.
  • Having lived in BR for years, that station is a waste. The area can easily be serviced from surrounding areas. The sale will be revenue for the city, and the savings will be good as well. Why heat and maintain that building for just a medical unit? The BR busy bodies need to get a life.
  • The BR busy bodies need to get a life.

    Thats the understatement of the decade.
  • Does it have a 'brass pole'? BR could use that type of club.
  • ^^^ I've always wondered why there wasn't a strip club in BR. Seems like the perfect place for one.
  • LMAO. You mean the young, drunk and stupid show out on BR Ave every weekend isn't enough?
  • no way highest and best use is a fire station.
  • Its the “young, drunk and stupid show that keeps BR alive.

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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

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