This coming week the Silver Spring Volunteer FireI'm not sure what types of uses that kind of building would be good for. Perhaps it could serve as an alternate location for the new Birchmere. I'd personally love to buy it and convert it into a badass house (does it still have a firepole??) but 2.5 mil is a bit out of my reach. I would hope they wouldn't tear it down, but at that price it might be hard to find someone who could use the current structure and make it financially worthwhile.
Dept. Inc., owner of the historic 1914 Silver Spring
Volunteer Fire Dept. #1 (located on "Main Street"
Georgia Avenue at the corner of Silver Spring Avenue),
will place the landmark firehouse on the market.
The minimum offer the seller will considered is $2.5
million dollars with the highest offer to be accepted.
I informed the real estate broker that it was
imperative that ANY prospective buyer understand that
the structure is listed in Montgomery County's
Locational Atlas & Index of Historic Sites (which does
NOT preclude the structure from being demolished...
any changes to the structure would have to go through
a regulatory review process) and that we (SSHS) would
work with the broker to find a sympathetic buyer.
The bad news is that this comes at a time when there might be a "tidal wave" of new building proposals in Silver Spring, thanks to the recently-passed Workforce Housing Proposal. That location might be too tantalizing for luxury condo developers to pass up. Especially due to it's close proximity to the new pirate bar.
No matter what happens, they need to keep that big glowing red "1" up somewhere.
For those interested, you can get SSFD "ENG1INE" t-shirts from their website. (Although they are sold out at the moment.)