Created: 02/06/2014 6:33 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Want to buy the Brooklyn Bridge? No? How about an old firehouse?
Right now there are a couple of extremely unusual properties up for sale in Albuquerque. They are fire stations owned by the Albuquerque Fire Department, too old and too small for modern day firefighting, and already replaced by new stations.
First, let’s take a look at old Fire Station 2, on the corner of High St. and Silver Ave. in the Huning Highlands neighborhood between the tracks and I-25. It was built in 1926, the year Route 66 was created and the first Pontiac rolled off the assembly line.
“Station 2 was one of the first fire stations built by the Albuquerque Fire Department,” said the department’s information officer, firefighter Melissa Romero. “There’s a lot of history there from the 1920s. We had firefighters, hundreds of them over the years, living here, cooking here, responding out of here.”
There are old school sleeping quarters, one big bathroom with three toilet stalls and an extra-large shower, a kitchen, an office, a couple of other rooms and a huge garage right in the middle of the building. It has hardwood floors in much of the building, which sits on a 5.2 acre lot. Asking price - $480,000.
“It could be a bed-and-breakfast,” said city property manager Lisa Gutierrez. “It could be a small café. It could be any variety of things our wonderful private investors might come up with to breathe life back into this property. It’s a great size lot.
But wait – there’s more!
Old station 7 on 47th St. just north of Central on the West Side is also for sale. It’s not as old and it’s on a smaller lot. A bargain – maybe – at $240,000.