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/
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/
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.