by Heidi L. Everett
The old fire hall and police station in St. Joseph are officially up for sale, and the City has issued a request for proposals (RFP) on redevelopment following the April 19 City Council meeting.
According to the RFP, the area is to remain compact, walkable, vibrant, and pedestrian friendly and could include retail, service, office, hospitality and entertainment.
The police station, approximately 2,500 square feet, was built in 1920. The fire hall was built in 1985 and is approximately 1,880 square feet.
A sanitary sewer and storm sewer pipeline are located under the old fire hall and will remain. The City’s water treatment plant is attached to the rear of the fire hall building as well, and the City will retain that portion for the continued operation of the water treatment facility.
The properties are located on the west side of First Avenue NW across from St. Joe Meat Market. At the previous two City Council meetings, City Administrator Therese Haffner explained several developers had expressed interest in purchasing both properties together.
The City will accept proposals until 4 p.m. on May 18.
Questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing by April 28 to Haffner at email@example.com.
Information relevant to the RFP and potential sale is posted on the City’s website at www.cityofstjoseph.com.