Des Moines seeks preservation of old firehouse
Officials are seeking additional protections for the old central fire station in downtown Des Moines.
The Des Moines Social Club plans to renovate the firehouse and set up a restaurant, bar and theater.
The Des Moines Register says the sales deal with the club requires a decade of preservation on the National Register of Historic Places. But after 10 years on the register, the firehouse could be demolished.
The City Council approved a development plan for the site and ordered city staffers to meet with the Social Club and press for the station's designation as a "local landmark," which would require oversight from a city board.
Jake Christensen heads the Social Club's renovation effort, and he says the club has taken steps to keep the firehouse in place forever.
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