New uses sought for Omaha’s oldest fire station

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials are seeking ideas for the future of Fire Station 31 in southeast Omaha, which is being replaced by a new building.

The station is the oldest of the 24 in Omaha. The original two-story brick station was built sometime around 1907 and was replaced by a one-story concrete and steel building that opened in 1949.

Officials have said it’s not fit to house modern pieces of fire equipment, which often are taller, wider and heavier than what’s been housed there over the past nearly 70 years.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that some of the former stations have been demolished, while others were sold and put to new uses, including serving as a neighborhood social hall or a child care center.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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