Demolition Alert 10: Old Fire Station in Saco, Maine

Picture of Old Fire Station on Thornton Avenue in Saco Maine

Old Fire Station on Thornton Avenue in Saco Maine

The Portland Press Herald reports that the City Council in Saco, Maine is deciding whether or not to demolish the old fire station at 14 Thornton Avenue. Fortunately, a late offer has been received that would transform the fire station in to elderly housing. As a result, the decision to demolish has been delayed as the new proposal is considered. Stay tuned . . .

The city’s historic fire station on Thornton Avenue won’t be demolished, at least not for a few more months. City councilors voted Monday night to postpone taking action on the fire station until they’ve had time to evaluate an offer that was received just a few hours before their meeting began. Mayor-elect Mark Johnston, who won’t be sworn into office until Dec. 5, said he was contacted Monday afternoon by a Portland-based developer, who expressed interest in converting the 1938 building into elderly housing. Johnston said that Cynthia Taylor, president of Housing Initiatives of New England Corporation, told him she would be willing to offer the city $475,000 for the property – just $4,000 less than the city’s asking price. Councilors said that after Taylor has had the chance to tour the fire station and develop a written offer, they’d be willing to sit down and consider all their alternatives, preferably by the end of the year.

The article also mentions Saco Spirit (Saco’s Main Street Program) for their efforts in trying to save the fire station.


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