The new owners of Cranbrook`s old fire hall says it will take a tremendous amount of work to restore and update the building.
Williams says they expect to invest over one million dollars in renovations, but will leave the exterior as is.
“We’ll start out with development of the downstairs and the additions and upstairs will be future development for expansion,” Williams says. “Eventually, we’d love to put a patio above the south addition that’s accessed from upstairs overlooking the park.”
Roberts’ father lived and worked at the 88-year-old building.
He’d like to recognize the building`s 88-year past as they build the Fire Hall Kitchen and Tap.
“My father lived and worked here, he’s reached out to his contacts and we’ve contacted the fire department about just locating anything that any of the local fire families would like to lend us,” Roberts says. “We would love to have a feature wall with plaques about the length of service and the individual’s name.”
The hall was constructed in 1929 and used until 2011, when the fire department moved to their new location on 2nd Street South.
– Fire Hall Kitchen and Tap Owner, Fred Williams
– Fire Hall Kitchen and Tap Owner, Jesse Roberts
– Jeff Johnson