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The live auction of the old Fire Station, 109 South 1st Avenue, will take place on Saturday, February 29th, starting at 11am. The auction will be preceded by an opportunity for interested bidders to view the property from 11am-1pm on Saturday, February 22nd. The live auction and the coordination is being done by VanMetre Realty of Marshalltown. More information and photos of the property can be found on their website at www.vanmetre.net
The auction of the building comes after the Fire Department vacated the property and moved into their new shared building with the Police Department at 909 South Second Street. The City has no reuse for the building and is interested in seeing the building and/or land put to better use. "Downtown Marshalltown is undergoing a number of changes quite rapidly, and I hope this building has a future life and use for someone," stated Jessica Kinser, City Administrator. "The property is in the City’s only Opportunity Zone as well as the Marshalltown Central Business District, which can provide a variety of opportunities for funding enhancements to the building."
The City acquired the properties in the late 1950’s and have housed their Fire Department in the facility since. A referendum approved by voters in 2016 to borrow $17.5 million for the new building sealed the fate for the existing Fire station and its eventual stoppage of use. The new Fire Building offers up amenities and upgrades that just could not be renovated into 109 South 2nd Avenue. "The move to have Police and Fire services centrally located in the community was a great move, and the community overwhelming supported the change," said Mayor Joel Greer.
Following the live auction, the City Council will still need to set and hold a public hearing in order to complete the sale of the property to the highest bidder. It’s intended that those actions will occur at the March 9th and 23rd City Council meetings.