Historic fire headquarters on the block

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Historic fire headquarters on the block

Foundation wants Vista building preserved, not razed
by Gina Smith of The State

COLUMBIA – Columbia’s old fire department headquarters is a hot property.

Wednesday, City Council members voted to put the 56-year-old building, across the street from the new convention center hotel in the Vista, up for sale.

It has sat vacant since the city built its new fire department headquarters on Laurel Street in 1995.

“If someone wants to preserve it, let them buy it and preserve it,” said Hamilton Osborne, City Council member. “We’ll see some creative proposals.”

The building is on a list of properties the Historic Columbia Foundation has recommended council add to its registry of city landmarks. Landmark status gives a building a high level of protection from demolition.(Read More)

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