Public Hearing – Old Linden Firehouse – Monday – February 28th @ 6 pm

Monday, February 28, 2022 @ 6 pm the Linden City Council will take comments on future use of the Old Linden Firehouse.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Mary Daughety Senior Citizens Center.

The Linden Heritage Foundation (LHF) has a unique history with the structure with much of it recounted here http://lindenheritage.org/whats-the-future-of-the-1939-linden-firehouse-whats-next-for-downtown/

Old Linden Firehouse

At a LHF Board Meeting in April 2019 it was decided the cost to restore the Old Firehouse was prohibitive. It was closed and the building and lot were offered for sale.  No one expressed an interest in taking over the project.

In 2021 the Foundation determined the building and its interior to be structurally unsound.

The Linden Heritage Foundation expressed its intent to deconstruct the Firehouse and develop a pocket park with music pavilion http://lindenheritage.org/deconstruction-of-1939-old-linden-firehouse/

Pocket Park at Old Linden Firehouse

However, no further action was taken as the City took ownership of the property as a result of a forfeiture clause in the Warranty Deed executed by the City to the Foundation in January, 2016.

The City has now, from another party, a plan for use of the Firehouse which may package it with other locations.

The Foundation sees these offers as a legitimate opportunity for Linden to continue turning its page toward the future.

We asked for clarity of the City’s plans for the Firehouse as no one advocates for conflicting ideas.

The Foundation presentation on the 28th will be made by its President, Sam Higdon.

MLK Day/Pleasant Hill Quilters Program Canceled

Out of an abundance of caution with the spread of COVID-19 in the Linden community, the MLK Day and Pleasant Hill Quilters program scheduled for Saturday, January 15th has been canceled.

The Linden Heritage Foundation will host its Annual Meeting at 2 pm as previously scheduled.  It will be an abbreviated Agenda.

Mask and social distancing will be observed.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we navigate through these times.

Save the Date — Saturday – January 15 2022

Saturday, January 15 2022 at 2 pm join the Linden Heritage Foundation in the Courtroom of the historic Cass County Courthouse for a special event during the week of celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Pleasant Hill Quilting Club will share historic quilts and stories of how they were used to deliver important messages to African Americans searching for safety as they traveled the Underground Railroad.

Following the program, the Linden Heritage Foundation will have its Annual Membership Meeting.  The Agenda for the Membership Meeting includes the election of Linden Heritage Foundation Directors.

A reception with refreshments will follow.

Deconstruction of 1939 Old Linden Firehouse

The Linden Heritage Foundation (LHF) Board of Directors in April 2019 reviewed the history of the near four year effort to restore the Old Linden Firehouse.  (see here) http://lindenheritage.org/whats-the-future-of-the-1939-linden-firehouse-whats-next-for-downtown/

It was decided then it would be cost prohibitive even with grants and available tax credits to restore the Old Firehouse.  No one since has stepped forward expressing any interest in the structure or the plans/specifications to convert the building to a commercial or residential use.

Photo by Jo Anna Duncan July 2021

The building and its interior have recently been inspected by an engineer and determined to be structurally unsound.

The Board, based on that finding, has elected to remove the roof and existing walls of the Old Firehouse down to the concrete slab and retaining walls.  Labor and equipment for this work will be donated.

Image courtesy of Angela McMillon 2021

Once the work is completed, the LHF Board will seek input on future use of the Old Linden Firehouse site.  An option being reviewed would incorporate the 1934 Water Tower and Old Firehouse into an outdoor music venue.

For further information contact:  Sam Higdon, LHF Director samlhigdon@icloud.com

LHF Annual Meeting of the Membership – 24th April 2021

The Annual Meeting of the Membership of the Linden Heritage Foundation will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at the Senior Citizens Center (507 S. Kaufman St., Linden) starting at 3:30 pm.

 The Agenda for the meeting includes:

  1. Welcome
  2. Introduction of Nominating Committee Members
  3. Nominating Committee submits Slate of Directors for election
  4. Explanation of voting process, tabulate vote, and announcement of results
  5. Review of Foundation’s Financial Statement
  6. Review of current and future activities
  7. Update on Old Firehouse
  8. Questions and Comments
  9. Refreshments and Visitation