WBEZ | reuse permit http://www.wbez.org/tags/reuse-permit Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Old North Side firehouse up for sale: City wants art or commerce there http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-05/old-north-side-firehouse-sale-city-wants-art-or-commerce-there-106965 <p><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P4132356-2_0.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The city this week has begun seeking reuse proposals for a former Chicago firehouse.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Under the city&#39;s request, issued Wednesday, the ornate two-story firehouse, 5720 N. Ridge, could be reused as &quot;a commercial and/or not-for-profit development focusing on arts, recreation or culinary activities that are open to the public.&quot; In other words: A nice place to visit, but you couldn&#39;t want to live there. &quot;Residential uses will not be considered,&quot; a summary of the requests states.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Other forbidden uses include gas stations, payday loan establishments, currency exchanges, liquor stores or pawn shops. The building is also a protected city landmark.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div>Built in 1929, the building was the home of Chicago Fire Department Engine Company 59, Truck 47. Firefighters there moved to a new facility at 6030 N Clark St in 2008. The retired firehouse is among a cluster of vacant city-owned properties now up for sale including the 88-year-old former Stock Yards National Bank, 4146 S. Halsted; the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-08-22/bridgeports-shuttered-ramova-theater-holds-hoping-hollywood-ending-90854">tattered Ramova Theater</a> near 35th and Halsted <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dcd/supp_info/eastwood_fire_house.html">and more.</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The target price for the Ridge firehouse is $360,000, although price is not seen as a minimum bid by the city. An open house for prospective bidders will be held May 21. Responses are due August 1. The city&#39;s RFP can be <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/dcd/general/Landmarks/RidgeFireHouse/RidgeFireHouseRFP.pdf">read here</a>. The document includes more photos of the building, zoning maps, historic images of the old firehouse in action and an 1928 architectural rendering.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-05/old-north-side-firehouse-sale-city-wants-art-or-commerce-there-106965