Former fire hall up for sale

Commercial heritage building officially on the market for $349,000.

The former fire hall for the City of Cranbrook is officially on the market.

The former fire hall for the City of Cranbrook is officially on the market.

Know anyone looking for some commercial space?

It can fit a few fire trucks and is considered a heritage building.

That’s right,  the City of Cranbrook has officially put the former firehall on the market after council made the decision to do so earlier in April.

Retailing for $349,000, the old firehall has 6,914 square feet with a second storey, but any new owner will require approval from the city concerning use and occupation.

The decision by the city to sell the building caused a backlash as the Cranbrook and District Arts Council had hoped to use the space for as a cultural hub.

In a presentation to city council in March, CDAC president Sioban Staplin said the organization had a plan to turn the firehall into an arts and culture centre with educational facilities and a gallery.

The decision to sell the building was made in-camera at a council meeting at the end of April.

“It was a tough decision made, and we feel it was the right decision made for the majority of the citizens of Cranbrook,” said Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt, at the time.

In 1929, the two-storey Fire Hall was constructed  at 11 Ave. & 1 St. South. A.E. Jones tendered and built the Fire Hall at a cost of $12,144, with Patmore Bros. installing plumbing at $498 and A. Lebeau installing heating at $2,645. The building was in use until 2014.

The property can be viewed online here.

With files from Arne Petryshen