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Old fire station not a hot property

The old 49er District fire station, at the corner of North Bloomfield Road and Highway 49, is still seeking a new owner several months after the district’s headquarters moved to a new station down the street.

District officials took the property off the market recently after one offer fell through, but could put it back on the market later this year.

“We would like to sell it for as much as we can get,” Tim Fike, Nevada County Consolidated fire chief, said recently. (Fike also serves as the 49er District’s interim chief.)

A couple was interested in opening a restaurant at the location, but that deal fell through, he and others said.

The .73-acre property, right outside Nevada City, was listed for $460,000. It includes a 3,551-square-foot fire station, an attached bay area for the emergency vehicles, and a separate shop. A 544 square-foot office area was added to the main building in 1989. The building uses well water.

Purchased in 1962 from the Empire Mine for $760, the main building was taken down piece by piece and brought to the site where it was reassembled, said David Ray, 49er District battalion chief. The building’s cedar siding came from a Nevada City mill, he said.

Proceeds from the sale will pay off expenses for the new firehouse and buy new fire equipment, Ray said.

The property is now zoned public in the county, which means it could be converted into a dog pound, a school, a fire station or any other governmental building, Ray said.

The county could purchase the building, Fike and Ray said. But if the fire station is sold on the open market, it will have to be rezoned. Fire officials have discussed rezoning the property commercial in Nevada City.

City and Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission officials would have to approve the annexation of the property into the city. Surrounding properties would also have to be annexed at the same time.

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